Sharpe's Eagle (1993)

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The South Essex regiment arrives led by the cruel and incompetent officer Sir Henry Simmerson, accompanied by his nephew Gibbons and the latter's associate Berry. Sir Henry flogs and ill-treats his men and is antagonistic towards Sharpe, who is given the task of training the men to shoot three rounds a minute. Whilst en route to meet up with some Spanish allies Therese and her partisans appear again, and she stays in the camp with Sharpe. Sharpe makes enemies of Gibbons and Berry when he comes to the defence of Josefina when she is molested by them. The honourable American Captain LeRoy helps him financially so that he can protect her properly. Sharpe and his men accompany the South Essex regiment behind enemy lines on a mission to destroy a key bridge. At sight of a small scouting party of French Sir Henry foolishly orders Major Lennox and a group of men over the bridge to give chase and attack them. The skirmish develops as more French suddenly appear. Sharpe and his men rush in to aid the Major, but are too late to save the flag and colours from being captured by the French and Simmerson blows the bridge before the party can return. As he dies Major Lennox requests that Sharpe capture a French eagle in battle in recompense. Back at Wellesley's headquarters, Simmerson tries to put all the blame on Major Lennox and Sharpe for losing the colours, but a furious Wellesley has a report from Hogan telling the truth of the matter and he berates Simmerson and promotes Sharpe to Captain. Berry and Gibbons find Josefina and beat and attempt to rape her. Furious, Sharpe challenges them to a duel - Gibbons refusing, but Berry accepting. Before the duel can occur publicly however, they are sent on night duties against the French. There Berry shoots Sharpe in the leg and is about to murder him when Harper stabs him to death. During the fierce battle the following day the cowardly Simmerson flees but Sharpe and his men succeed in fighting their way through the French and finally gaining the coveted eagle standard.

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