Chippenham, 1st ed., 1986. 84 pp., photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 22 x 15cm. FINE.When Captain Thomas Brotherton joined the 14 Light Dragoons, or The Hawks, he was already at 22 a veteran with a fierce baptism of fire and two campaigns behind him. A good horseman, a skilled swordsman, a strict disciplinarian, a man of immense courage, a ferocious leader in battle though quite opposed to needless killing, Brotherton had many qualities. Perhaps his most appealing quality was his uncanny ability to get into impossible and often dangerous scrapes, from which he always emerged with a humorous tale to tell. His anecdotes, as recorded here, are the authentic voice of the Peninsula and through them we understand better the nature of the light cavalryman's war.