1st ed., 2001. Xxx + 466 pp., cold., + b&w plates + b&w ills. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. This is the story of the British soldier from 1760 until 1860. Based on the letters and diaries of the men who served and the women who followed them, it records the individual experience and recollection of the ordinary soldier. It charts Wolfe’s victory and death at Quebec, the American War of Independence, the Duke of York’s campaign in Flanders, Wellington’s Peninsular War, Waterloo, the retreat from Kabul, the Sikh wars in 1845-9, the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny. Through their stories and anecdotes – of uniforms, equipment, ‘taking the King’s shilling’, flogging, wounds, food, barrack life, courage, comradeship, death, love and loss – the events of the era are chronicled. Illustrated with attractive coloured plates.