Fix Bayonets! A Royal Welch Fusilier at War 1796-1815, by Donald E. Graves

Fix Bayonets! A Royal Welch Fusilier at War 1796-1815, by Donald E. Graves

Fix Bayonets! A Royal Welch Fusilier at War 1796-1815, by Donald E. Graves

Published by Spellmount in 2007, 488 pages. Rectangular Hardback with Dust Jacket (N3828)

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Set against the dramatic background of the Napoleonic Wars, this fascinating book records the true adventures of Thomas Pearson, who was commissioned in the Royal Welch Fusiliers in 1796 and campaigned in Europe, North America and North Africa during the Napoleonic Wars. Pearson fought in fifteen major battles and countless minor actions, was wounded five times, received two battlefield promotions, was captured by an American privateer, and ended his career as a lieutenant-general. He saw combat in jungles, deserts, mountains and on the oceans; he fought against the French, Danes, Poles and Americans; and he served alongside Spanish guerillas, Egyptian mamelukes and North American Mohawks. The book is also a portrait of one of the most colourful periods in history as seen through the experiences of a professional soldier.

The centrepiece is a detailed, blow-by-blow study of the bloody 1811 battle of Albuera, at which 60,000 British, French, German, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish soldiers fought obstinately under a downpour of rain, and when the last shots died away, almost 14,000 lay dead or wounded. Written by an historian with an international reputation as a master of the battlefield narrative, this is the most comprehensive account of Albuera yet to see print. Detailed, skilfully researched and masterfully written, this major new book is essential reading for all who are interested in Napoleonic military history, including the War of 1812, and musket-period warfare

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