Synopses & Reviews
A nineteenth-century Band of Brothers
The 95th Rifles was one of history's great fighting units, and Mark Urban brings them and the Napoleonic War gloriously to life in this unique chronicle. Focusing especially on six soldiers in the first battalion, Urban tells the Rifles story from May 25, 1809, when they shipped out to join Wellingtons army in Spain, through the battle of Waterloo in June 1815. Drawing on diaries, letters, and other personal accounts, Urban has fashioned a vivid narrative that allows readers to feel the thrill and horror of famous battles, the hardship of the march across Europe, the bravery and camaraderie of a nineteenthcentury Band of Brothers whose innovative tactics created the modern notion of infantryman.
About the Author
Mark Urban is the Diplomatic Editor of the BBCs “Newsnight” and a former defense correspondent for the Independent. He is the author of The Man Who Broke Napoleons Codes. He lives in London, England.