Verner, Colonel Willoughby.


2 VOLUMES. Vol. I : 1st ed., 1912. Xv + 219 pp., frontis., guarded, + 19 plates of which 5 are cold., and 5 are photogravures, + 12 cold., & fldg., maps. Vol. II : 1st ed., 1919. Vii + 506 pp., frontis., guarded,+ 7 plates, 3 of which are cold., + 28 maps & plans, all of which are fldg., 24 are cold., and are in a rear pocket. Both Vols. : Tissue guard to plates. Re-backed with original spines re-laid & retaining original green cloth ; gilt armorials to front covers; gilt titles ; black borders to front ; a.e.g. ; 28 x 22cm. Spine of Vol. I a little faded ; some foxing mainly to prelims & margins ; cloth on Vol. II has been rubbed and eroded around edges where the card beneath has been exposed and there is also rubbing to the lower half of the front cover but internally the text is generally bright & clean & both bindings are firm ; o/w V.G. The Rifle Corps, later known as the Rifle Brigade, was raised in 1800 and first made its name under Lord Nelson in the year following the Battle of Copenhagen. In 1803 it was numbered the 95th and subsequently fought throughout the Peninsular War and at Waterloo as "The 95th" or "The Rifle Regiment." It was not until after Waterloo that it was taken out of the numbered Regiments of the Line and styled "The Rifle Brigade." The Regiment was the first to demonstrate the power of the British rifle and consequently marked a turning point in the history of the British Army. The first volume of this magnificent two-part study covers the history of the Rifle Brigade from its evolution in 1800, through the Expedition to Ferrol, the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801, the Expedition to Germany, 1805-6, the Storming of Monte Video, 1807, with Brigadier-General Robert Craufurd at Buenos Ayres, 1807, with Sir Arthur Wellesley in Denmark, 1807, and into the early campaigns of the Peninsular War : Obidos and Rolica, Vimeiro and the Convention of Cintra, the Campaign and subsequent Retreat of Corunna, ending with the Battle of Corunna and the death of Sir John Moore in 1809. This volume also looks into the dress, equipment and armament of The Rifle Corps in 1800, its organiser and trainer Lt.-Col. Hon. W. Stewart, 1800-02, and its training under Sir John Moore at Shorncliffe Camp, 1802-04. The second volume deals with the development of rifle fire in the British Army, 1800-1815 ; The Walcheren Expedition ; The Douro Campaign, 1809 ; The Campaign of Talavera and the Forced March of the Light Brigade, 1809 ; The Defence of Portugal, 1809-1810 ; The Light Division ; Operations in the Coa, 1810 ; Battle of Bussaco, 1810 ; The Lines of Torres Vedras, 1810 ; The Campaign of Barrosa, 1811 ; Massena's Retreat, 1811 ; Fuentes de Onoro, 1811 ; On the Portuguese Frontier, May-December, 1811 ; Eastern and Southern Spain, 1811-12 ' Siege of Tarifa ; Storm of Ciudad Rodrigo and Death of Robert Craufurd, 1812 ; The Storm of Badajoz, 1812 ; Campaign of Salamanca, 1812 ; The Occupation of Madrid and Retreat to the Portuguese Frontier, 1812 ; The Campaign of Vitoria, 1813. In addition there are appendices on The "Light-armed Marksmen" of the North York Militia ; The tomb of the founder of the Rifle Corps, Major-General Coote Manningham ; the Forced March on Talavera ; some notes on Major-General Robert Craufurd ; and some notes on the diaries, autobiographies and books referred to in this history. This is one of the most delightful regimental histories ever to have been published and it is also a valuable attribute to any Napoleonic history collection. The two volumes are lavishly adorned with a total of twenty-seven plates, eight of which are coloured, and forty maps and plans, all of which are folding and the vast majority of which are coloured. A SCARCE First Edition of a desirable two-volume history.

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