Sharpe's Waterloo is the fourteenth episode of the Carlton UK series Sharpe, starring Sean Bean as Captain Richard Sharpe, the officer of a small Rifles detachment during the Napoleonic Wars. Waterloo was the last episode of the first series of television films broadcast until Sean Bean returned to the role of Sharpe in 2006 with Sharpe's Challenge.
The following weapons were used in the television series Sharpe's Waterloo:
The most prominently used weapon is the Baker Flintlock Rifle, issued to special units of the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. Richard Sharpe (Sean Bean), former Sgt. Patrick Harper (Daragh O'Malley) and Sergeants Harris (Jason Salkey) and Hagman (John Tams) - all carry Bakers.
Baker Rifle (1801-1837), Caliber - 0.625 inch (15.9 mm)
Harper (Daragh O'Malley
) watches anxiously as Sharpe prepares to "frag" The Prince of Orange (Paul Bettany
Historically, the Prince of Orange was forced to retire from the field during the last stage of the battle, after being wounded in his shoulder, probably by a French skirmisher.
Brown Bess Flintlock Musket
The standard long arm issued to "redcoat" British soldiers is the Brown Bess Flintlock Musket. French forces also appear to carry the musket.
Original "India Pattern" Brown Bess musket made 1805-1840 - .75 caliber
The Coldstream Guards defending the Chateau Hougoumont aim their muskets.
The French Imperial Guard advance during the last stage of the battle.
Harper (Daragh O'Malley) continues to use the fearsome seven-barrelled Nock Gun
New Land Pattern Flintlock Pistol
Lord John Rossendale (Alexis Denisof) aims a New Land Pattern Flintlock Pistol at Sharpe, but hasn't the nerve to pull the trigger, and Sharpe rides his horse up to Rossendale's, disarms him easily, and smashes the pistol into pieces against a tree.
New Land Pattern Flintlock Pistol - .65 caliber
Lord John Rossendale (Alexis Denisof
) holds the Flintlock Pistol
at Sharpe, but hasn't the nerve to pull the trigger.N.B.
In the book, this scene takes place on 17th June 1815, the day before the Battle of Waterloo, when a torrential rainstorm slowed the movement of both the French and Allied armies. Part of Sharpe's confidence in riding straight up to the muzzle of Rossendale's weapon comes from his belief that the weapon will not fire in the rain, and he does not realize until after taking the pistol that its firing mechanism is a rainproof percussion cap, rather than a flintlock.
Sharpe disarms him easily, and smashes the pistol into pieces against a tree.