All in Scarlet Uniform Paperback
The fourth novel in a brilliant Napoleonic series from acclaimed historian Adrian Goldsworthy. The year is 1809, and the recruiting sergeants are hard at work, as the British army gathers strength for the next phase of the campaign against Bonaparte on the Spanish Peninsula.
Captain Billy Pringle of the 106th Foot, however, has a somewhat more urgent reason to leave the country: having become embroiled in an ill-advised duel with a lieutenant in the 14th Light Dragoons, a posting to Spain would avoid any awkwardness for the regiment. Along with his friend Lieutenant Williams - whose sister Kitty was the cause of the duel - and the doughty veteran Sergeant Dobson, Pringle takes on the task of training Spanish troops to stand alongside their British allies.
But what seems at first like easy duty soon turns into a desperate fight for survival as they find themselves besieged in the strategic fortress of Cuidad Rodrigo.
For Bonaparte, taking the fortress will be the first step towards pushing the British back to the sea, and the task is entrusted to one of his most daring and successful generals, Marshal Ney. And Ney in his turn has found the perfect officer to lead the assault, a man not only desperate for advancement but also thirsting for revenge - a man whom Williams knows only too well.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 21/08/2014
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9781780221007
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Review by DWWilkin
Goldsworthy is willing to show the losing side of Wellington's campaigns as well, those this he places at the foot of Black Bob Craufurd. Our heroes through device find themselves once again at the front of things, this time McAndrews joins them and we see Austen's Colonel Fitzwilliam make an appearance.Goldsworthy has quite a clear road of events to weave into the telling and by the end, no doubt, we will know much more about the Peninsular war than Cornwell and Sharpe have ever shown us. There the campaigns and battles were secondary while here it is an intricately woven thing, these great historic events which we face with our heroes.Easily a half a dozen more books await us and one can only hope that by the end our heroes will have found some joy amidst this terrible battles that this war had.