1st ed., 1974. 158 pp., frontis., + 29 plates + 8 maps + e.p., maps. D.j., 25 x 18cm. FINE. Wellington did not hold a high opinion of his cavalry. This book confirms that verdict but in so doing endears them all the more to posterity. Containing much hitherto unpublished contemporary material, it depicts the private life of a regiment during the campaign in the Peninsula, revealing all the stresses and strains to which they were subjected. It also tells of the many unpardonable as well as gallant acts committed both in victory and defeat by those blithe spirits who had purchased their commissions and were intent on having a good time. The former, the military historians tend to gloss over or ignore. It gives a vivid account, too, reinforced by original letters, of the charge of the Union Brigade at Waterloo in which Captain Clark, the hero of the book, captures one of the two French Eagles taken on that illustrious day. Uncommon.