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The Letters of Private Wheeler

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781474626385

Price: £10.99

ON SALE: 28th July 2022

Genre: Biography & True Stories

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‘In a later age he would have become a successful war correspondent … We have no more human account of the Peninsular War from a participant in all its battles. Vivid images – of people, landscapes, events – flows from his pen … One of military history’s great originals’ John Keegan, DAILY TELEGRAPH

These letters, in the form of a frank and amusing diary, were written by a private in Wellington’s army who fought throughout the Napoleonic Wars. Private Wheeler’s record covers the Peninsular Campaign, keeping order during the coronation of Louis XVIII (whom he called ‘an old bloated poltroon’) and his later posting to Corfu.

Most of all, Wheeler’s account of the historic Battle of Waterloo – written before the muskets of battle had cooled – reveals him to be a master of lively anecdote and mischievous characterisation.

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They are simply marvellous. Wheeler was a naïve writer of real power - a natural story-teller, a provider of portraits, someone whose gift was to bring everything he wrote about to life
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In a later age he would have become a successful war correspondent ... We have no more human account of the Peninsular War from a participant in all its battles. Vivid images - of people, landscapes, events - flows from his pen ... One of military history's great originals
John Keegan, DAILY TELEGRAPH
These letters have already become a minor classic ... deftly edited, they are clear and telling in the accounts they give of a soldier's day-to-day life, a mixture of danger, boredom, discomfort and occasional delight
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