The Rifle Brigade, one of the British Army’s crack infantry units, took part in most of Britian’s land campaigns in the Napoleonic Wars and this memoir recounts the adventures of a Scottish officer who was there for all of them from Walcheren in 1805 to Waterloo in 1815. The heart of the memoir, however, is the Peninsula War in which Kincaid served under Wellington at the lines ofTorres Vedras, and in the battle of Fuentes d’Onoro, the sieges of Ciudad Roderigo and Badajoz, and the battles of Salamanca and Vittoria. The author describes the pursuit of Marshal Soult across the Pyrenees and the battles of Nivelle and Toulouse. The memoir concludes with the Waterloo campaign in which KIncaid fought at Quatre-Bras and Waterloo itself. This is an invaluable addition to the bookshelves of Napoleonic war addicts, as seen through the eyes of an intelligent writer who seems to have been at the sharp end from first to last.
ADVENTURES IN THE RIFLE BRIGADE, IN THE PENINSULA, FRANCE, AND THE NETHERLANDS FROM 1809 – 1815
Adventures of a Rifle Brigade officer who served throughout Britain’s wars against Napoleon, from Walcheren to Waterloo – including all the major battles and sieges of the Peninsula War.