The anonymous author of this worm’s-eye view of the Napoleonic wars certainly got his king’s shilling’s worth of the action – being present at many of the great victories, as well as several of the great disasters, of the conflict. After enlisting he sailed to the River Plate on Whitelock’s unsuccessful expedition against the Spanish colonies of Uruguay and Argentina, before having his first taste of the Peninsular War, and taking part in the retreat to Corunna. His next unfortunate experience was the equally disastrous Walcheren Expedition of 1809, in which he falls ill with a fever that carried off thousands of his comrades – but recovers. After that, things start to look up. The author returns to Iberia and takes part in Wellington’s victories at Fuentes d’Onoro; Albuera and Vittoria. Crossing the Pyrenees into France, he is present at the battles of Bayonne and Toulouse. His military career climaxes with the battle of Waterloo and the occupation of Paris, after which he obtains his discharge.
JOURNAL OF A SOLDIER OF THE 71ST, OR GLASGOW REGIMENT, FROM 1806 TO 1815
Published in association with The National Army Museum London, this is the remarkable military memoir of an anonymous soldier of the Glasgow Regiment who took part in several of the disasters – as well as many of the triumphs – of the Napoleonic wars.