A BRITISH RIFLE MAN : JOURNALS AND CORRESPONDENCE DURING THE PENINSULAR WAR AND THE CAMPAIGN OF WELLINGTON.

Simmons, Major George.


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Greenhill, new facsimile ed., 1986. Xxix + 386 pp., frontis-map + 4 other maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Spine of d.j., faded o/w FINE. George Simmons was born in 1785 and along with two of his brothers he served in the Peninsular War. The first letter that opens this book is addressed to his parents announcing his imminent departure for Portugal with the 1st Battalion 95th Rifles. His letters are truthful accounts written from many a bivouac and battlefield in Portugal, Spain, France and Belgium, of the daily experiences of a young British officer taking part in the six campaigns in the Peninsula between 1809 and 1814. They reflect his views of the military situation of the moment, his opinions of his chiefs and contemporaries and his anxieties about his family. What is so important about these letters is that they belonged to an officer who served with the regiment that saw more fighting in the Peninsula than any other in the British Army. Simmons' letters provide a truly valuable insight into the bloody scenes and life at The Coa, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vittoria and finally Waterloo, throughout the course of which Simmons was severely wounded three times.


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