Sharpe is a Captain saddled with the South Essex, a battalion run by incompetents, and filled with soldiers who have never been in battle. When the South Essex loses its colors (its regimental flag), Sharpe vows to save the honor of the regiment by capturing a French Imperial standard: an eagle.
Did You Know?
At the Battle of Talavera, the French march from left to right across the whilst the South Essex advance right to left. Such cinematography is used by filmmakers as a subtle technique indicating good and evil: those going right to left, as the South Essex do, are presented as the heroes and the French, the villains. See more
After the battle of Talavera, while the wounded are still being carried into the hospital, Countess Josephina informs Sharpe that London has created Wellesley Lord Wellington as a result of his victory. There is no way that London could have been informed of the results of the battle so quickly, let alone returned word of Wellesley's elevation. See more
The South Essex is stood down in name. If I wipe the name away, I may wipe the shame. I am making you a Battalion of Detachments, you will fetch and carry. The Light Company put up a fight, so I will let it stand under the command of a new captain.
Sir Henry Simmerson
To be commanded by the newly-gazetted Captain Gibbons, sir?
To be commanded by the newly-gazetted Captain *Sharpe*, sir.
Followed by Sharpe: Sharpe's Justice
Three Lovely Lassies
Performed by Daragh O'Malley See more