This DVD is the best of the three from BHTV that we have seen thus far.
It is the first of three DVDs regarding the history of this famous regiment and begins with the creation of light infantry units in British army. It is the retreat to Coruña though, an episode that placed the 95th in the annuals of the most respected regiments in the British army, on which this DVD focusses.
The retreat, one of the finest ‘hours’ of this famous regiment, is presented as a vivid, “warts and all” description. The actions of the 95th are recounted and juxtaposed to the ill-discipline of much of the rest of the British army.
A highlight of the DVD is that the footage was taken on location and at the same time of year as the historical events. This adds greatly to the value of the presentation— particularly with regard to the retreat to Coruña.
James Fisher - Avon Napoleonic Fellowship
After an outstanding series of DVDs covering the Waterloo Campaign, the presentation team have kicked off a new series in high style, covering the earlier Peninsular War. There is a great advantage in using former soldiers and historians to present military history than to use television presenters. This avoids the breathless presentation and fake gravitas that has made so many made for TV presentations poor history, where the presenter often stresses the wrong factors in an attempt to hold the audience, indicating a lack of real knowledge. In this DVD the presentations are authoritative and absorbing. This DVD is certainly a must for all military history enthusiasts, but it is also first rate entertainment that will appeal to a wider audience. It follows the presentation format of the best selling Waterloo series and anyone who watches this DVD will eagerly await the other DVDs in the series. The production quality and colour is first rate, the account moves at a good pace and the detail.. Read more