The South Essex regiment arrives in Spain,led by the cowardly,stupid Simmerson with his nephew Gibbons and friend Berry to whom Sharpe takes an instant dislike. Due to Simmerson's incompetence on a mission to blow up an enemy bridge the British standard flag is captured by the French. Simmerson tries to blame Sharpe but Wellesley learns the truth and promotes Sharpe to captain. After Sharpe has caught Berry and Gibbons trying to rape a Spanish girl he challenges them to a duel. Berry accepts but tries to kill Sharpe during a night patrol and is himself killed by Harper. Sharpe and his men pursue the French and succeed in capturing their standard,an eagle belonging to Napoleon. Written by
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Did You Know?
Historically, there was no Eagle taken at the battle of Talavera, though it was a victory for the British. See more
Just after Simmerson gives the order to destroy the bridge, Leroy spurs his horse on. The horse at this point is a bay with a star, but when he canters down on the other side of the bridge he is riding a chestnut with a stripe See more
[Gibbons has challenged Sharpe to a duel
Oh, give me your hand, sir! You're a brave fellow, Gibbons! Sharpe's a killer! Killed three French cavalrymen and saved Wellesley's life - three seconds, slash, cut thrust! And that was when he was still a sergeant. Shall we say six o'clock tomorrow morning, in the field behind the camp? Or should we say it was damn dark, and you made a damn bad mistake?
Silly mistake. Say no more about it, eh?
Good thinking, Gibbons. Sharpe would have shot out your left...
Over the Hills and Far Away
Lyrics adapted by John Tams
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