Sharpe's Waterloo (1997)

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Napoleon escapes from Elba and builds up an army again. The British, Belgians, Dutch and Prussians unite to confront him and Sharpe is anxious to join up again for this final confrontation. He leaves his farm in Normandy, accompanied by Lucille, and goes to Brussels where he is made a Colonel attached to the Prince of Orange's staff and regiments. The chosen men Hagman and Harris also travel from England to join up, and Patrick Harper also comes across from Ireland as a horse trader. Rossendale and Jane are also in Brussels, and fearful of Sharpe who attacks Rossendale at a ball and demands a note of surety for his missing money. Jane tries to persuade Rossendale to take advantage of the coming battle to murder Sharpe in the confusion. Sharpe has to put up with the ineptness and stupidity of the Prince of Orange, whose bad commands before and during the battles at Quatre Bras cause the slaughter of his troops by cavalry. Hagman and Harris are caught up in this and are both killed. An enraged Sharpe shoots the Prince from some bushes and goes to rejoin the South Essex during the actual battle at Waterloo. Rossendale is killed in battle while Jane discovers that she is preganant. Sharpe leads the battalion when its main commanders and officers are killed and succeeds in fighting off and defeating the Emperor Napoleon's Old Guard.

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