I am a keen reader of the Sharpe novels, and all things to do with the Napoleonic Wars. As I am a resident of Hampshire, I am interested in the history of the Hampshire Regiment, and their role around the time of the Peninsular war, and beyond. I know that they did not have a major role in the Peninsular war. In fact, if my knowledge is correct, they only took part in one major battle, that which took place at Barossa. What interests me more is the new Sharpe film set in India, as I know that the South Hampshire's were in India during the 3rd Maharatta War. Do you think that they will get a mention in the film as it would be great to see Sharpe fighting alongside them, and is there scope for Sharpe to have further adventures in India after Sharpe's Challenge? Kind Regards Russell Dutton
I've just finished a chapter where the Hampshires make an appearance. How's that for coincidence? And I'm about to start the battle of Barossa, so doubtless they'll show up again. They don't get a mention in 'Sharpe's Challenge', which I saw three days ago, but that's not my fault - the film-makers don't really feature any British regiments (no extras available in India). I'll try to make up the lack in the new book.