It is simple, but motivating. After reading the entire Sharpe series I wanted to get Forester's take on the Peninsular campaign. My edition is based on the original published in 1933, my edition being 1956. I have intended to read the book, but lost it just before my arrival to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. Forester is an excellent novel about the French — Portages war in 1807 that was started by Napoleon. Rifleman Dodd is commitment personified.
Regardless, he intrinsically understands the value of killing French soldiers, and disrupting their operations whenever possible. It is only when they mass in large numbers that the French are relatively safe. Rambo of the 19th century. This exact edition is not listed. If you want to read a good historical fiction novel of the Peninsular campaign I highly recommend the Sharpe series by Cornwell.
It's also a mostly one-dimensional view of the situation; Dodd does not dwell, or even think about, non-mission values, eg. The book is fairly short, however it's also very action packed. Godinot, giving you more than one perspective on Dodd's struggles. Although this story is told mainly for the point of view of Rifleman Dodd, there is also the point of view of a squad of French. Unaccustomed to personal heroics, he still manages to cause a good deal of damage to the French.
Substitute Hornblower for Dodd who is trapped behind enemy lines during the Napoleonic wars and you have the 'missing ' Hornblower book. His most notable works were the 11-book Horatio Hornblower series, about naval warfare during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen 1935; filmed in 1951 by John Huston. Cecil Scott Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of adventure and military crusades. Forester had become interested in the Peninsular War while in school, but he was interested in Spain itself as he covered the Spanish Civil War of the late 1930's. Good story and I can see why it's on U. Perhaps De Gaulle saw it in a bookshop and that was why he vetoed our entry in the Common Market! One interesting aspect I enjoyed about this book is that it depicts all the same events twice, alternating points of view between Dodd, and a group of french soldiers led by sgt.
Similarly, Godinot loses one soldier after another until his entire squad is killed. Having a much disciplined diet on his journey helped to obtain the energy he needed to stay in the fight. All document files are the property of their respective owners. The rifleman gets cut off from his company and has to survive on his own. Likewise, when the story turns to Sergeant Godinot on the French side, the narration remains passionless. The book takes the reader through the missions he finds on his way back to his unit.
Dodd is the prototypical military man; mission, duty, and self-sacrifice are his values. Good story and I can see why it's on U. Their single-minded drive to bring the British to battle causes them to overextend. Rifleman Dodd is told from a curiously dispassionate perspective. Good story and I can see why it's on U. Dodd made a supernatural reputation for himself among the French.
One big scene has him sabotaging by arson the French attempt to build a pontoon bridge across a river. Written by the author of the excellent Hornblower series, I had high expectations. Written a few years before Forester's Hornblower novels, this one tells of a farm boy turned rifleman in the English 95th Regiment. Overall though, it's an inspiring and motivating read. Forester notes all this and is surprisingly objective in his descriptions of their conflicts and the havoc Dodd wreaks upon their efforts to conquer Portugal. It is a very good story, though I read it some time ago.
A green jacket is cut off from the British army as it retreats west through Spain and into Portugal. This affect is hard on others health, but while Dodd had one thing set in mind he was able to look past himself and still continue in the fight. I was left disappointed as the character was unrelatable and racist. Additionally, Napoleon's armies were paid infrequently, if at all, and given no rations but meager hard tack. The novel is a study of one man's commitment to duty taking precedence over his own personal survival. It doesn't necessarily explain that, because duty is the assumption upon which the entire work rests. A disappointed two stars out of five.
Dodd skillfully evades the opposing French forces, and works with local Portuguese villagers to thwart French operations. Dodd is the prototypical military man; mission, duty, and self-sacrifice are his values. Dodd manages to survive throughout the book on his willpower, determination, and also with the occasional aid of a group of Portuguese guerilla fighters. The terrain is rocky and mountainous, the infrastructure primitive, and mission command is tenuous at best. He was known for a smart individual and very determined soldier for his comrades. More by accident than design, Dodd finds himself the leader of Portuguese guerrillas at various points and his experience as a rifleman from the 95th makes him an ideal guerrilla.
This is another grand development of Forester's Man Alone theme; Dodd survives, doing his duty, and though he believes his efforts at pricking the starving French army caused them to retreat, he never speaks of his actions. He realized his situation and carried out the mission, which was to kill the Frenchman. Another character in this book is Sergeant Godinot, he is the main antagonist of the book. Rifleman Dodd is a story of a soldier who is on his own and slowly learns to make plans without any given orders, and it shows leadership qualities and knowledge of warfare. An odd thing about this book is that it depicts all the same events twice, alternating points of view between Dodd and a handful of his French counterparts, a group of boyhood friends from Nantes. During this time period rifles were a novelty and most of the army wore red-coats and carried muskets. His use of the rifle gave him an edge over his French pursuers who used inaccurate muskets.