THE VERY THING The Memoirs of Drummer Bentinck, 1807-1823

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These accounts are drawn from interviews that Bentinck conducted with a journalist just before his death. The title of the book is taken from the Battle of Aldea de Ponte: Wellington identified a tactical vulnerability and called for infantry to conduct an immediate manoeuvre. On being informed that the 23rd of Foot was best disposed, he smiled and said, Ah, the very thing, demonstrative his hard-earned confidence.

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