William Grattan was a young Irish Lieutenant who served in the famous Connaught Rangers [the 88th regiment] in some of the hottest engagements of the Peninsular War. His first battle was the bloody encounter at Busaco, when the Duke of Wellington himself commended the Connaughts' clearing of the heights as the most gallant charge he had ever witnessed. Grattan's second battle was the engagement at Fuentes d'Oro. In the fierce fighting of the years covered by his memoirs, his unit, the 1st battalion of the Rangers, lost almost 50 percent of its officers [49 out of 103] killed or wounded, and gained fewer than eleven battle hours, earning them the soubriquet 'The Devil's Own'. It was a well-deserved nickname. Vividly written and accompanied by maps, this is deservedly one of the most famous fighting memoirs of the Peninsula War and should t be missed.