The heroes of Rorke’s Drift: Gonville Bromhead VC

Rorke’s Drift – one of the most famous battles ever fought by the British army. Today we meet Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead (pronounced Brumhead) – The man played by Michael Cain in the film Zulu. But who was Bromhead? What had he done in his career before the battle and what happened to him afterwards?

Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Talavera – Fact or Purely Fiction?

In the latest video installment of the Redcoat History Podcast I talk to Marcus Cribb (manager of Apsley House) all about the first Richard Sharpe book "Sharpe's Eagle". We follow the plot of the novel and explain which bits are true and which bits do not conform to the actual history of the Battle of … Continue reading Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Talavera – Fact or Purely Fiction?

A Lion in the Trenches. The Life of Captain Pollard VC, MC (and Bar) and DCM – video.

If you follow my blog you may have read an article about Captain A. O. Pollard of the Honourable Artillery Company. I am slightly obsessed by his excellent autobiography "Fire-eater". It is the antithesis of most books about the Great War. In it he focuses on the glory, the fun and the camaraderie of life … Continue reading A Lion in the Trenches. The Life of Captain Pollard VC, MC (and Bar) and DCM – video.

John Shipp: A real-life Richard Sharpe (video)

Welcome to the first of my new "5 minute Friday" strand. In this first episode I am talking about the remarkable John Shipp...His story is absolutely amazing. During the Napoleonic era being promoted from the ranks was more common than most people think. . .But Shipp was still an exceptional man and managed it twice. … Continue reading John Shipp: A real-life Richard Sharpe (video)

Book Review: True Soldier Gentleman by Adrian Goldsworthy

Today’s Napoleonic fiction read is a belter – True Soldier Gentleman by a writer and  academic called Adrian Goldsworthy. It’s about officers in the Peninsular war – so is it another Richard Sharpe clone? Well, let’s have a look. The book opens in Madrid in 1808 as we meet a young ex-pat English artist, William … Continue reading Book Review: True Soldier Gentleman by Adrian Goldsworthy

The Military Geek’s Guide To…The Peninsular War, Volume One: The Battles of Vimeiro, Corunna and Talavera.

My new book is available for pre-order from Amazon. Soon there will be an Apple books version and a paperback. Here is the blurb for the book: "This is the first in Christian Parkinson's series on the Peninsular War of 1808-1814 – arguably the British army’s greatest campaign. It is a tale of raw human … Continue reading The Military Geek’s Guide To…The Peninsular War, Volume One: The Battles of Vimeiro, Corunna and Talavera.