Former Green Jacket, Nick Haynes (59-69), tells the story of the Peninsular War of 1808-1814 through the paintings of Christa Hook in their recently published book ‘Far in Advance’.

Having developed an interest in the Napoleonic period from an early age, Nick surveyed and catalogued the historic remains on the Sudanese Red Sea Coast after finishing University, and the experience fixed his interest in studying battlefields. He then went on to serve in the Royal Green Jackets, the British Army’s elite rifle regiment, and successor of the 95th Foot or Rifles. During a spell at the Rifle Depot at Winchester, whilst with the regiment, he developed a specific interest in the Light Division and the Green Jackets’ heritage, sharing the Mess dining room with Beadle’s wonderfully evocative painting ‘The Rearguard’.

‘Far in Advance’ presents Christa’s paintings alongside narratives by Nick, with carefully researched reconstructions, sketches and details telling the stories of defining battles and the experience of the officers and troops who took part in them. A unique visual insight into the actions, actors and atmosphere of the Peninsular War, the book brings to life contemporary accounts through scenes of incidents that have never previously been depicted.

For each copy of the book that is sold a donation will be made to ‘The Rifles Charities Care for Casualties’ campaign.

Order your copy from Waterstones here.

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