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  • Sharpe's Waterloo

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    S 5 : Ep 3 - 5/21/97

    June 1815

    Sharpe has settled down to an idyllic lifestyle with Lucille on her French farm, when the news of Napolean's escape from Elba compels him to return to the army to fight at Waterloo. There, he joins the staff of the Prince of Orange.

    Reunited with his Chosen Men, Sharpe abandons the inept prince and organises the defence of key British positions on the farm of La Haie Sainte.moreless
  • Sharpe's Mission

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    S 4 : Ep 3 - 5/15/96

    France 1813

    The war is entering its final stages and the French formulate a desperate plan to capture Wellington's spy master, Major General Ross. Sharpe is ordered by Wellington to accompany Colonel Brand, who is intent on destroying the French's main powder supply in the caves of Rocha. Wellington and Ross are both suspicious of Brand's loyalty, but they do not reveal this to Sharpe. The suspicions are well-founded as Brand secretly meets with the French and makes plans for capturing Ross.

    On the home front, Sharpe's wife is showing signs of being bored with army life and enjoys the attentions of a young poet.moreless
  • Sharpe's Siege

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    S 4 : Ep 2 - 5/8/96

    Winter 1813 Wellington is told by the debonair Frenchman Maquerre that Bordeaux is ready to rise in rebellion against Napoleon. Wellington's spymaster, Ross, is doubtful and tests Maquerre by proposing the British use Maquerre's own castle as a base. He reluctantly agrees, but says the castle is in Napoleon's hands. Wellington appoints Colonel Bampfylde to lead the attack on the castle, with Sharpe in support. Sharpe, newly married to Jane Gibbons, is angry that he has lost his command to Bampfylde, but he is soon distracted when there is an outbreak of yellow fever and Jane falls ill. Her chances of recovery seem poor, as there is not enough quinine in the camp to cope with the outbreak. With a heavy heart, Sharpe sets off on his mission, knowing he may never see Jane alive again. Bampfylde, intent on glory, sends Sharpe on a scouting mission and tries to capture the castle on his own. He fails, and the casualties are heavy. Sharpe, seeing the carnage, has Harris and Frederickson sneak into the castle in disguise. Once inside, they force the French to surrender. Shamed by Sharpe's easy victory, Bampfylde sends him on a reconnaissance mission. Sharpe soon discovers that Bordeaux has no intention of rising against Napoleon and that Maquerre is a double agent.

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  • Sharpe's Regiment

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    S 4 : Ep 1 - 5/1/96

    June, 1813 The South Essex is seriously short of men, and when Wellingtion is told there are no recruits available, he orders Sharpe to go to England to investigate. Sharpe and Harper arrive in England and are informed that there are seven hundred men waiting for them in Chelmsford. On arrival there, they find the barracks deserted. While visiting an old friend, Harper and Sharpe are attacked, and Sharpe feigns death. Sharpe and Harper then decide to do some undercover work and enlist under Sergeant Havercamp as new recruits. They arrive at a training camp on Sir Henry Simmerson's land, where they are trained mercilessly. Sharpe finds the new recruits are being sold to other regiments, and his suspicions are confirmed by Simmerson's niece, Jane.moreless
  • Sharpe's Sword

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    S 3 : Ep 3 - 4/26/95

    The Franco-Spanish Frontier, 1813 A carriage travelling through the Spanish countryside is ambushed by French soldiers and a young nun flees in terror. Later, the soldiers themselves are attacked by the British and the French colonel kills his captain and trades uniforms. The French soldier claims to be Captain Dumas and surrenders himself to Sharpe. Sharpe is suspicious, but before he can question Dumas further, Col Berkeley of the South Essex accepts the man's parole. The terrified young nun emerges from the woods and attaches herself to Sharpe. Struck dumb with fear, she is unable to tell Sharpe who she is or what happened. Later, Munro tells Sharpe that Napoleon has sent a French colonel to capture a British agent called El Mirador. Sharpe is ordered to go to Villafranca to kill the colonel. At Villafranca, Sharpe is dismayed to discover that an old enemy, Sir Henry Simmerson, is in charge of the town. He pompously declares that the French are no threat and is immediately proved wrong when they attack and Dumas escapes. Sharpe's suspicions are proven correct when he is revealed as Leroux, the colonel intent on killing El Mirador. The South Essex mount an attack, but just before Sharpe can kill Leroux, he is gravely wounded and lost in the fray.

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  • Sharpe's Battle

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    S 3 : Ep 2 - 4/19/95

    September, 1813 In the Spanish hills, Sharpe and his men come across a scene of devastation in the town of Casa Antiga. The town has been sacked by the French commander, Brigadier-general Guy Loup and his 'Wolf Brigade'. Perkins rescues a young woman from two of Loup's soldiers and arrests them. Loup rides into town demanding his men be released, but Sharpe refuses and has them shot on the spot. Loup vows revenge. Back at camp, Wellington gives Sharpe command of the Royal Irish Company and orders him to knock them into shape. The Irish are inexperienced in war and soon start talking about a mutiny. Sharpe offers them three choices: to be slaughtered by the French, to be shot as deserters, or to stay and learn to fight. Sharpe's battle-hardened reputation wins them over. However, Sharpe soon faces betrayal by the Spanish partisan fighter, Dona Juanita de Elia, who is really a spy for Loup. The Riflemen soon find themselves fighting for their lives against terrible odds, and one of the Chosen Men falls in battle.moreless
  • Sharpe's Gold

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    S 3 : Ep 1 - 4/12/95

    Summer, 1813 An angry Sharpe goes in search of the British infantry who failed to stop the French retreat from a recent battle. He finds the infrantrymen are deserting, but can do nothing about it. Meanwhile, Ellie Nugent, a relation of Wellington's, rides into camp with her mother. They are looking for Ellie's father, who has gone missing while hunting for Aztec gold in the hills nearby. Wellington refuses to help them and orders them to go home - he says he has more serious problems to contend with, as he is running out of men and has agreed to exchange fifty-two captured deserters for Baker rifles. Sharpe is ordered to make the exchange and is followed by Ellie and her mother.moreless
  • Sharpe's Honour

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 6/8/94

    Spain, 1813 A grieving Sharpe is challenged to a duel by a Spanish nobleman who demands an apology for having forced his attentions on his wife. Dumbfounded, Sharpe protests that he has never even met the Marquesa. He refuses to apologise, so the duel goes ahead. Just as Sharpe holds his sword against the Spaniard's throat, the duel is stopped by Nairn who insists there was no duel, just friendly sword practice. Later that night, the Spaniard is murdered and the next day Sharpe is arrested for his murder. Witnesses say Sharpe was the killer and he is sentenced to death. However, things are not what they seem. In the middle of the night, Harper and Sharpe are asked to capture the beautiful Marquesa, so that the British can discover the next move of the French.moreless
  • Sharpe's Enemy

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 6/1/94

    Portugal, 1813 The Spanish town of Adrados has been captured by a horde of French, Spanish and British deserters, who have taken two English women hostage, Sarah Dubreton and Isabella Farthingdale. Captain Sharpe is ordered to deliver the women's ransom, much to the disgust of Sir Augustus Farthingdale. Sharpe and Harper enter the convent where the women are held and are confronted by two French officers. Sharpe learns that one of the officers is the husband of Sarah Dubreton and they are on the same mission. To Sharpe's dismay, he learns that Hakeswill is a leader of the renegades and has increased the ransom price, giving Sharpe five days to come up with the extra money, or the women will be raped. Nairn discovers that the French intend to invade Portugal from Adrados and decides to thwart the plan. Sharpe is promoted to major and given command of the 60th Rifles in order to secure the safety of the women and prevent the French from taking the town.

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  • Sharpe's Company

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 5/25/94

    Spain 1812

    After victory at Ciudad Rodrigo, Wellesley (now Duke of Wellington) sets his sights on Badajoz. Sharpe is reunited with Teresa and learns that he is the father of a baby girl, but is alarmed to learn that the baby is in Badajoz.

    As new men arrive from England, Sharpe discovers that his old nemesis, Obadiah Hakeswill is among them. Hakeswill was responsible for having Sharpe flogged for a crime he did not commit. His speciality is preying on soldiers while being servile towards the officers. Hakeswill also believes he is immortal, after surviving a hanging.

    Hakeswill attempts to rape Teresa who is on the point of killing Hakeswill when Harper intervenes. Hakeswill develops an obsession with Teresa and is determined to hurt her to get at Sharpe.

    Adding insult to injury, Sharpe learns that he is to be demoted from captain as the regiment now has a full complement of captains. Sharpe volunteers to lead the attack on Badajoz in an attempt to secure his captaincy, but he is refused. This first attack is known as the Forlorn Hope, as chances of survival are remote, however survivors are given their reward in money or rank.

    The Forlorn Hope charge is awarded to Capt Rymer and Sharpe fears for the safety of Teresa and their baby daughter.moreless
  • Sharpe's Eagle

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 5/12/93

    Spain 1809

    Colonel Sir Henry Simmerson arrives with his regiment, the South Essex, and Wellesley orders the South Essex to blow up a bridge at Valdelacasa. Aware that Simmerson is incompetent, Wellesley orders Sharpe to see that the mission is a success, in exchange for a promotion to captain. Simmerson is furious to learn that Sharpe is not a gentleman and was raised from the ranks. He orders Sharpe to train his men to fire three rounds a minute by nightfall, or they will be flogged. Sharpe and Harper succeed, but this infuriates Simmerson even more. Sharpe has made an enemy. The following day, Simmerson orders Captain Lennox to lead the South Essex across the bridge and chase off a small French patrol. However, a large body of French cavalry appears and the men of the South Essex panic and flee across the bridge. As the French cavalry butcher them, Sharpe leads his Chosen Men to the rescue, unaware that Simmerson has ordered the bridge to be blown, so they are trapped on the wrong side. The French capture the King's Colours of the South Essex. The dying Lennox urges Sharpe to avenge this insult by capturing a French imperial eagle. A furious Wellesley disbands the South Essex and promotes Sharpe to Captain. Sharpe is later warned that if Simmerson can't damage Wellesley, he will do his best to strip Sharpe of his promotion. Sharpe realises that the only way he can hold his own is by capturing the eagle.moreless

  • Sharpe's Rifles

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 5/5/93

    Portugal, 1809: Sergeant Richard Sharpe saves the life of General Wellesley (soon to become the Duke of Wellington) and receives a field commission. His first mission is to go behind enemy lines to Casa Antiga to find a missing agent, and he is put in command of a platoon of Riflemen under Captain Murray. When Murray is killed, Sharpe is left in sole command. On arrival at Casa Antiga, Sharpe finds his real mission is to transport a holy relic to Torrecastro to inspire an uprising against the French. For more, see Recap.moreless