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We hope to be able to offer some of our own publications and several others on the website:

A New Publication from the Portsmouth Napoleonic Society

Major Henry Bowyer Lane

Memoirs of a Peninsular War Rocket Man 

Gazetted a Second Lieutenant of the Royal Artillery in 1799, Henry Bowyer Lane had a service career spanning some 27 years and saw action from the earliest days of the Napoleonic wars.

In writing this memoir, Henryís son, Frederick used his fatherís manuscript to privately publish a short biography, with the view of adding this honourable veteran to the already long list of distinguished officers of that service.

The background information, maps and footnotes are provided by the editor to set the overall scene of events that Henry found himself involved, including, Egypt, Oporto, Talavera, Busaco, Fuentas de Onoro, culminating in his promotion into the newly formed Rocket Corps toward the termination of the Peninsular War and then the ill-fated expedition to New Orleans.

Originally published in 1883, this work has long been unavailable, and is a very welcome complement for any enthusiastís library.


Blue cloth/Hardback, 70 pages, Limited edition of 25 only.

If you would like to purchase a copy:

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Price: £22.50 + UK P.P. £2.50 Outside of UK please enquire.

Click on the Covers Below for Free PDF Versions:

A Battle Within a Battle


The Attack on Hougoumont

Our first ever publication printed by hand in 1990


A Bridge too Late

The Action on The Coa Published July 1993

Coa Bridge

Sibournes and Houssaye's Narrative

 Condensed for the Purpose of Wargaming

The Battle of Quatre Bras

Published 1995

Quatre Bras

Can a Square Be Broken?


The action at Garcia Hernandez Published 1996/97

Garcia Hernandez

Cadoux's Bridge

The Action at Vera Published 1998


The Fight for Elvina


Published 1999


Combat at Sabugal



Published 2000

Skirmish at Barba Del Puerco

Published 2002

Barba Del Puerco

The Action at Sahagun 21st December 1808:

O'er rivers of ice and O'er mountains of snow

Published Sept 2003


The Defance of Fort Trinity

Published Sept 2005


Dos de Mayo

Published Sept 2010


The Beautiful Bridge Constantin and Cruzul

Published 2020




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