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Title:
Whose business is to die / Adrian Goldsworthy.
ISBN:
9781780227931
Edition:
Paperback edition.
Publication Information:
London Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2016.

©2015.
Physical Description:
353 pages : maps ; 20 cm.
Abstract:
In the Spring of 1811 the military situation in the Iberian Peninsula is looking grim for Britain and her allies. While Wellington has pushed the French out of Portugal, the price of victory has been high, and there is every chance that Napoleon's forces are gathering themselves for a fresh invasion. To make sure that doesn't happen, the British will have to go on the attack, but without the necessary resources, they will have to be bold - and lucky. For Lieutenant Hamish Williams of the 106th Foot, the prospect of action, however perilous, is a welcome one. His last meeting with Jane McAndrews, the daughter of one of the regiment's most senior officers, did not go well, and the chances of winning her hand are looking slim. Going into battle against the enemy might not only provide a welcome distraction from his romantic predicament, but could actually help his cause, if he distinguishes himself enough to advance in the ranks. What awaits him, however, is an engagement in which losses for some regiments will be so bad they are virtually destroyed, as British generals go in desperate pursuit of victory. For Williams and his comrades in the 106th, Albuera will prove the ultimate test of courage, skill - and good fortune - as the regiment is plunged into the heart of the bloodiest battle of the war.
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Summary

It's 1811.

Wellington has finally driven Napoleon's armies from Portugal, but the cost has been high. Fearing a French counter-attack, the British must rally their tired men and go on the offensive.

Lieutenant Hamish Williams of the 106th Foot relishes the call to action. Spurred on by the prospect of at last redeeming himself in the eyes of Jane McAndrews, he hopes for a battlefield promotion.

But Williams is marching into the bloodiest battle of the war - Albuera. As entire regiments are destroyed in the desperate pursuit of victory, the fate of Williams and his comrades hangs in the balance . . .


Author Notes

Adrian Goldsworthy is the acclaimed author of The Roman Army at War, Roman Warfare , The Punic Wars, Cannae, In the Name of Rome, Caesar: the Life of a Colossus, The Fall of the West and Antony and Cleopatra . He studied at St John's College, Oxford, and taught at a number of universities before becoming a full-time author. He regularly contributes to TV documentaries on Roman themes. Alongside his interest in the ancient world, he has always been fascinated by the world of Napoleon and Wellington, and the stories of the soldiers in their armies. Whose Business is to Die is the sixth novel in a series following the fortunes of a group of British soldiers in the fight against Napoleon. www.adriangoldsworthy.com