History of the War in the Peninsula: And in the South of France, from the Year 1807 to the Year 1814, Band 4

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Seite 115 - All this time the tumult at the breaches was such as if the very earth had been rent asunder and its central firesbursting upwards uncontrolled.
Seite 151 - A few hours' delay, an accident, a turn of fortune, and he would have been foiled ! ay ! but this is war, always dangerous and uncertain, an everrolling wheel and armed with scythes.
Seite 299 - I saw him late in the evening of that great day, when the advancing flashes of cannon and musketry, stretching as far as the eye could command, showed in the darkness how well the field was won ; he was alone, the flush of victory was on his brow, and his eyes were eager and watchful, but his voice was calm, and even gentle. More than the rival of Marlborough, since he had defeated greater warriors than Marlborough ever encountered, with a prescient pride he seemed only to accept this glory as an...
Seite 118 - ... in dark groups, and leaning on their muskets, they looked up with sullen desperation at the Trinidad, while the enemy, stepping out on the ramparts, and aiming their shots by the light of the fire-balls which they threw over, asked, as their victims fell, ' Why they did not come into Badajos...
Seite 88 - They must have twelve axes to cut down the gate by which the ditch is entered, at the junction of the counterscarp with the body of the place. The 5th regiment...
Seite 117 - ... on both sides, and firmly fixed in ponderous beams, which were chained together and set deep in the ruins ; and for ten feet in front the ascent was covered with loose planks studded with sharp iron points, on which the feet of the foremost being set, the planks moved, and the unhappy soldiers, falling forward on the spikes, rolled down upon the ranks behind.
Seite 122 - Now commenced that wild and desperate wickedness which tarnished the lustre of the soldier's heroism. All indeed were not alike, for hundreds risked and many lost their lives in striving to stop the violence ; but the madness generally prevailed, and as the worst men were leaders here, all the dreadful passions of human nature were displayed. Shameless rapacity, brutal intemperance, savage lust, cruelty and murder, shrieks and...
Seite 123 - Maria ? or the martial fury of that desperate soldier of the ninety-fifth, who, in his resolution to win, thrust himself beneath the chained sword-blades, and there suffered the enemy to dash his head to pieces with the ends of their muskets...

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