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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The "proper sword" given Sharpe by Capt. Murray is a the British Pattern 1796 Sword for Heavy Cavalry. It is a single-edged sword with a "hatchet" point similar to that of the Japanese katana. Also like the katana, the 1796 is meant to be a cutting sword, though this blade-heavy weapon is meant for much less elegant work than the well-balanced katana. As such, the 1796 is particularly unsuitable for delicate swordplay; nonetheless it found strong favor among British foot as well as horse troops especially during the Napoleonic Wars due its ability to simply break the blades of lighter infantry and cavalry swords - allowing users to smash their way through opponents. The hefty, sturdy 1796 was reported to cause such terrible injuries that many Napoleonic-era French officers protested its use by the British as a "terror weapon" unfit for civilized combat. See more
When Teresa is helping Sharpe and his men to gain access to Torrecastro, she slashes a French soldier across the stomach, killing him. A fraction of a second later we see her sword, and there isn't a drop of blood on it. See more
[is helping Hagman through the marsh, and winces
Damn knee! Old leg wound, Hagman. Rain plays the devil with it!
Aye. Brown paper and paraffin oil is the only cure for a contrary leg!
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