Death to the French

An early C S Forster Peninsular War adventure


C S Forester


John Lane, The Bodley Head, London, 1932
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Printing Details

First edition, first printing. Hardback, bound in the original orange cloth with printed titling to the spine and upper board. 19 × 12.5cm, 308pp + 4pp ads.

This early C S Forester novel relates the adventures of a British rifleman of the 95th Regiment of Foot who is cut off from his regiment when the Allied army retreats behind the Lines of Torres Vedras. He is forced to survive for several months in territory that has been devastated by the Allies and occupied by the French. With some help from a few local Portuguese, Dodd wages guerrilla warfare against the French.


A fair copy. This is an ex-Boots library copy with the usual shield sticker to the front board and small traces of a label removed to the end of the book. The boards are grubby and rubbed, the pages lightly foxed to the first few pages but otherwise this is a perfectly good reading copy.



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