During the Peninsular War in Spain against the French Sergeant Richard Sharpe saves the life of Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington and is promoted to Lieutenant. In order to pay the troops Wellesley needs a money draft from the banker Rothschild but fears he has been captured by the French and sends Sharpe behind enemy lines to find him. Sharpe is allowed to pick his own platoon of crack riflemen, led by the surly Irishman Harper and including Hagman and Harris, who resent Sharpe as not being a 'proper officer' and mutiny, although they eventually come to respect him. Sharpe's group meet up with a band of Spanish partisans led by Teresa, with whom Sharpe is deeply smitten. Eventually they rout the French and rescue a trio of Methodist missionaries, one of whom, dressed as a woman, is actually Rothschild in disguise. Written by
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5 May 1993 (UK)
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Die Scharfschützen - 1. Das Banner des Blutes
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Sharpe's 95th Regiment and its green jackets are fact based. The 95th was a direct ancestor of the modern Royal Green Jackets (in 2005 merged with other regiments to form The Rifles). See more
In the abandoned cottage, Harper bends and reacts to Sharpe's kick to his groin a split second before Sharpe's foot actually connects, even though Harper's face is turned away looking behind him. See more
Surprised to see me, Richard? Well you've done a grand job, a grand job. But now, at dawn tomorrow, with the help of my agent Commandante Teresa, who I believe you've met, I want you to seize the chapel at Torre Castro and hold it against all comers until Major Vivar has raised the gonfalon of Santiago over the chapel roof.
Seize Torre Castro? With six men and a straggle of Spaniards? Can't be done! May I remind you of our main mission, sir? To find a missing gentleman?
Not now, Richard. Our ...
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