Sgt.Richard Sharpe is serving in the Napoleonic Wars. He saves the life of General Sir Arthur Wellesley from three attacking French Hussars and receives a Field Commission and will command the Chosen Men of the 95th Rifles.
Last Episode07x02 Sharpe's Peril Pt 2 Aired: Nov. 09, 2008
Sharpe is held captive by the leader of the opium trafficking ring and Harper is left in charge of making sure the train makes it through. Sharpe …
Series Fun Facts
- Sean Bean replaced Paul McGann in the role of Richard Sharpe after McGann was injured.
- Diana Peñalver was originally cast as Teresa.
- The rifle used by Sharpe's unit (and indeed by all British rifle companies of the Napoleonic Wars) is the Pattern 1800 Infantry Rifle, known also as the "Baker" rifle after its designer,…
[show]The rifle used by Sharpe's unit (and indeed by all British rifle companies of the Napoleonic Wars) is the Pattern 1800 Infantry Rifle, known also as the "Baker" rifle after its designer, London gunsmith Ezekiel Baker. Formally adopted in 1800 for limited issue to special rifle companies, this .635-caliber flintlock weapon was one of the first rifles to be mass-produced, and the first type of rifle to be accepted as an issue weapon by a major military. Previous rifles used in combat were fielded by militia units, whose members were required to supply their own gun; the Baker was a departure both in being purpose-built for the British Army and in taking its design cues not from the long, smooth-bore muskets used by Regulars as previous rifles had been - as in the case of the classic American long rifles used during the American Revolution - but after the shorter, more compact German and Prussian "Jaeger" rifles, which were meant originally to be hunting weapons. The Baker was well-regarded for its accuracy and durability, and was so successful that it was produced until 1838 and issued as late as 1841. Bakers were also used in various colonial conflicts, against the Americans during the War of 1812, and, in the hands of Mexican troops (alongside Brown Bess muskets), during the Texan Revolution.