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The Reality Of Napoleonic Wars In Sharpe's Regiment By Bernard Cornwell

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Crashing cannon balls, firing muskets, Calvary charging with blades of cold steel. These are the images that are presented to people when contemplating, which many people in our society do very often, the Napoleonic wars. The reality is quite the contrary, to some extent this image is true. The reality is the Napoleonic wars were ones of attrition. The goal of army’s were to have enough troops to sustain the ability to fight in the next battle. The British government had this attrition as one of the principal complications with their army and Navy do to their constant involvement in war no matter where public opinion stood.
The book read is titled Sharpe’s regiment by Bernard Cornwell. The ...view middle of the document...

When he first entering the slums Sharpe was still Clothed in his military uniform but he recognized that in order to blend in he needed to exchange his uniform for civilian coverings. The Army Officers he infuriated at the dinner party might be coming to get him. This gives Major Sharpe an Idea he is going to join the army again this time dressed as a beggar. This way not a soul, expect for Harper who is going with him, will know who he is. He proceeds to join another regiment until he is able to blend in and he believes the tracking has ceased.
When Sharpe joins this new regiment he learns of the practice of Crimping. This process is finding recruits and selling them to units instead of sending them to where they should go for the best effects on the war. The officers will bid to get the men and the officer t that recruited them will profit. This information is enough for Sharpe to realize that this is a corrupt system and the reason he is not getting troops is he does not have an officer that is bidding for troops. Sharpe realizes that he must get out of this unit and return to being an officer again. Sharpe decides that he will need help if he is to escape. This comes in the form of a young lady named Jane Gibbons. Jane’s uncle is one of the officers that is performing the crimping. This...

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