Death to the French

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Simon Publications LLC, 2001 - Fiction - 252 pages
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Separated from his regiment during a retreat, Rifleman Matthew Dodd of Wellington's army engaged the French single-handedly and eventually causes their retreat. If you liked "The Gun, " you will love this book.
  

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I discovered this book by accident. The story of a common english soldier caught behind french lines when Wellington retreated to Portugal. Trying to survive without friends or allies he becomes a thorn in the flesh to the French command and eventually helps to organize an effective resistance to the invaders. A very enjoyable read. 

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Contents

Section 1
6
Section 2
10
Section 3
17
Section 4
32
Section 5
41
Section 6
54
Section 7
70
Section 8
78
Section 12
120
Section 13
146
Section 14
156
Section 15
172
Section 16
193
Section 17
207
Section 18
222
Section 19
238

Section 9
88
Section 10
96
Section 11
108
Section 20
250
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About the author (2001)

Born Cecil Louis Troughton Smith on August 27, 1899, in Cairo, Egypt, where his father was a government official, C. S. Forester grew up mainly in England. He was educated at Dulwich College, studying medicine briefly before decidint to become a writer. Forester moved to the United States before the start of World War II, and lived in Berkeley, California, until his death in 1966. Although Forester was a journalist, a novelist and a Hollywood scriptwriter, he is probably best known for his historical fiction, particularly the series of novels that feature Horatio Hornblower. The eleven-book series begins with Mr. Midshipmen Hornblower, in which the seventeen-year old Hornblower joins the British navy in 1793, just as the Napoleonic Wars are about to begin. Hornblower's continuing adventures, as well as his advancement to the highest ranks of the navy, are chronicled in further books, including Beat to Quarters, Flying Colours, Commodore Hornblower, Lord Hornblower, The Happy Return, and A Ship of the Line, for which Forester recived the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1939. Several of Forester's novels were made into films, most notably Payment Deferred (his first novel published in 1926), Eagle Squadron, The Commandos (the movie title was The Commandos Strike at Dawn), Captain Horatio Hornblower, Sink the Bismarck!, and The African Queen, starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. Forester's nonfiction includes The Age of Fighting Sail: The Story of the Naval War of 1812, as well as biographies of Lord Nelson, Napoleon, Josephine, and King Louis XIV. He also wrote an autobiography, Long Before Forty.

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