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‘Describing narrow squeaks and terrible deprivations, Harris’s unflowery account of fortitude and resilience in Spain still bristles with a freshness and an invigorating spikiness’ SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY ‘A most vivid record of the war in Spain and Portugal against Napoleon’ MAIL ON SUNDAY
Benjamin Harris was a young shepherd from Dorset who joined the army in 1802 and later joined the dashing 95th Rifles. His battalion was ordered to Portugal, where he marched under the burning sun, weighed down by his kit and great-coat, plus all the tools and leather he had to carry as the battalion’s cobbler – ‘the lapstone I took the liberty of flinging to the Devil’.
Rifleman Harris was a natural story-teller with a remarkable tale to unfold, and his Recollections have become one of the most popular military books of all time.
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