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  • A 'Parcel of Devils'!

    Lieutenant Grattan, Ody Brophy, Dan Carsons, Darby Rooney and Barney Mackguekin. My next march through the Peninsula will be in their company, men of the first Battalion 88th. Foot... 'the Devil's Own'!

    The long toll of the brave
    Is not lost in darkness
    Over the fruitful earth
    And athwart the seas
    Hath passed the light of noble deeds
    Unquenchable forever.

  • #2
    Adventures with the Connaught Rangers I take it?
    http://www.irelandinhistory.blogspot.ie/

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    • #3
      That's the one, thanks to Dibbloony's vile talent for leading me astray I've now got a pile of new Napoleonic books to get through!

      The long toll of the brave
      Is not lost in darkness
      Over the fruitful earth
      And athwart the seas
      Hath passed the light of noble deeds
      Unquenchable forever.

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      • #4
        Best one I've read to date on the British infantry is by Mark Urban
        Wellingtons Rifles 95 regt. could not put the book down read it in 3
        days if you don't have it your missing out...

        Last edited by General Brock; 23 Mar 10, 09:35.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by General Brock View Post
          Best one I've read to date on the British infantry is by Mark Urban
          Wellingtons Rifles 95 regt. could not put the book down read it in 3
          days if you don't have it your missing out...

          I have to agree with you General. It's a very entertaining and informative book, written like a nove. It also gives you a very good idea of the spirit and regimental pride of regiments such as the 95th rifles. Since Urban follows the fortunes of a small number of interesting and different men, such as a grumbling and experienced veteran, a keen, but unexperienced officer, etc....it really reads like a novel.

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          • #6
            Brilliant book, right up to the Battle of Waterloo, Mark Urban seems to lose the plot a bit then. Like a lot of modern authors dealing with Waterloo, he falls for the egg under the hat trick, and tries a bit too hard to be contentious... in my 'umble opinion.

            The long toll of the brave
            Is not lost in darkness
            Over the fruitful earth
            And athwart the seas
            Hath passed the light of noble deeds
            Unquenchable forever.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Von Richter View Post
              That's the one, thanks to Dibbloony's vile talent for leading me astray I've now got a pile of new Napoleonic books to get through!

              Yup! Good though ain't it Von?

              Paul (Aka Dibbloony)
              ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
              All human ills he can subdue,
              Or with a bauble or medal
              Can win mans heart for you;
              And many a blessing know to stew
              To make a megloamaniac bright;
              Give honour to the dainty Corse,
              The Pixie is a little shite.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dibble201Bty View Post
                Yup! Good though ain't it Von?

                Paul (Aka Dibbloony)

                No it bleedin' in't.. hope Monty kicks yer head in!!!



                The long toll of the brave
                Is not lost in darkness
                Over the fruitful earth
                And athwart the seas
                Hath passed the light of noble deeds
                Unquenchable forever.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Von Richter View Post
                  Brilliant book, right up to the Battle of Waterloo, Mark Urban seems to lose the plot a bit then. Like a lot of modern authors dealing with Waterloo, he falls for the egg under the hat trick, and tries a bit too hard to be contentious... in my 'umble opinion.

                  As with most modern authors, a sore point has to have its scab picked, otherwise a shout of hero worship/jingoism kicks in from the critics. On the point of the nearly 100 that went 'missing', it is right for it to be brought up but wrong to make assumptions that they were missing because they all ran away (Though IMO some did) and the circumstance for some to flee in the face of the Cuirassier onslaught.

                  This point does not in any way Imo, detract from the Urban book, which Is a very good history of the Regiment in ole Arty,s army.

                  Paul
                  ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                  All human ills he can subdue,
                  Or with a bauble or medal
                  Can win mans heart for you;
                  And many a blessing know to stew
                  To make a megloamaniac bright;
                  Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                  The Pixie is a little shite.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Von Richter View Post



                    No it bleedin' in't.. hope Monty kicks yer head in!!!



                    Is that before or after he has recovered from the encounter with you?

                    Paul
                    ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                    All human ills he can subdue,
                    Or with a bauble or medal
                    Can win mans heart for you;
                    And many a blessing know to stew
                    To make a megloamaniac bright;
                    Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                    The Pixie is a little shite.

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                    • #11
                      What Are the titles of the books that have led you astray, Von?

                      Paul
                      ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                      All human ills he can subdue,
                      Or with a bauble or medal
                      Can win mans heart for you;
                      And many a blessing know to stew
                      To make a megloamaniac bright;
                      Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                      The Pixie is a little shite.

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                      • #12
                        You posted a couple of magnificent illustration of British soldiers at Albuera in the 'best uniform' thread, so I bought that book. Then after seeing those magnificent maps you posted, I got 'The Waterloo Companion' followed by...

                        'Albuera' by Guy Dempsey

                        'Talavera' by Andrew Field

                        'Hougoumont' by Julian Paget and Derek Saunders

                        'The Note-Books of Captain Coignet'

                        'Memoirs of Sergeant Bourgogne, 1812-13'

                        My wife has now left me and I've had to sell my beautiful blond haired daughter to an Albanian lap-dancing bar.... but it's been worth it.



                        Last edited by Von Richter; 27 Mar 10, 08:09.
                        The long toll of the brave
                        Is not lost in darkness
                        Over the fruitful earth
                        And athwart the seas
                        Hath passed the light of noble deeds
                        Unquenchable forever.

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                        • #13
                          Don't forget Salamanca 1812 By Rory Muir. (Do try and buy this one 'sell a Kidney or something' if you have already done that, go down the Dilly and flog your A**e for the coppers)

                          General Brock may be interested in this one as the author Isn't English.

                          http://www.amazon.co.uk/Salamanca-18...9696862&sr=1-4

                          Paul
                          ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                          All human ills he can subdue,
                          Or with a bauble or medal
                          Can win mans heart for you;
                          And many a blessing know to stew
                          To make a megloamaniac bright;
                          Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                          The Pixie is a little shite.

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