Sharpe's Enemy

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Sharpe's Enemy (1994)

Sharpe's Enemy is the fourth 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. It was filmed on location in the Ukraine and the Crimea. The episode follows Sharpe and his company in their efforts to rescue two women hostages from an "army" of deserters camping along the Portuguese border.

The following weapons were used in the television series Sharpe's Enemy:



Baker Rifle

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) and his "Chosen Men" – Sgt. Patrick Harper (Daragh O'Malley), Riflemen Cooper (Michael Mears), Harris (Jason Salkey), Hagman (John Tams) and Perkins (Lyndon Davies) all carry Bakers, as does the company of the 60th Rifles led by Captain Frederickson (Philip Whitchurch).

Baker Rifle (1801-1837), Caliber - 0.625 inch (15.9 mm)
Rifleman Taylor cocks his Baker Rifle.
Rifleman Perkins (Lyndon Davies) with his Baker.
Sharpe (Sean Bean) fires his Baker.
The 60th Rifles lie in wait on the other side the door the escaping deserters are so desperately trying to break through.
The 60th Rifles fire their Bakers at the approaching French.
Harris (Jason Salkey) picks off an officer in the approaching French column.
Cooper (Michael Mears) does the same.

Brown Bess Flintlock Musket

The standard long arm issued to "redcoat" British soldiers is the Brown Bess Flintlock Musket.

Original "India Pattern" Brown Bess musket made 1805-1840 - .75 caliber
A firing squad takes aim with their muskets.

Replica Muskets

The advancing French soldiers carry Flintlock muskets which appear to be stunt replicas.

Modern reproduction "Long Land Pattern" Brown Bess Infantry musket made from 1722-1768 - .75 caliber.
The advancing French soldiers carry Flintlock muskets.


Pocket Flintlock Pistol

A Pocket Flintlock is used by Col. Sir Augustus Farthingdale (Jeremy Child) to get Harper's attention.

Sir Augustus Farthingdale (Jeremy Child) fires his pistol (little more than a noisemaker) into the air to get Harper's attention.

Flintlock Pistols

Other Flintlock Pistols are used by Hakeswill (Pete Postlethwaite), and "Marshall" Pot-Au-Feu (Tony Haygarth).

Tower Sea Service Pistol used by the Royal Navy.
Hakeswill (Pete Postlethwaite) holds his Flintlock Pistol to Isabella's (Elizabeth Hurley) head.
Hakeswill tries to hold Isabella hostage with his (now-empty) pistol.
Col. Dubreton (Francois Guetary) holds his own pistol on Hakeswill.
An officer administers the coup de grace to Hakeswill.

Boxlock Blunderbuss

Teresa Moreno (Assumpta Serna) carries a brass boxlock blunderbuss pistol with a cannon style barrel and underfolding bayonet.

Boxlock blunderbuss pistol, with cannon barrel and folding bayonet
Teresa (Assumpta Serna) is forced to lower her pisto during a confrontation with Hakeswill.


Congreve Rockets

One of the more bizarre weapons featured in the episode is the Rocket artillery invented by Sir William Congreve (1772-1828). The Prince-Regent of England (the future King George IV) was so awed by these weapons that he insisted on sending a troop of them to the Duke of Wellington's Peninsular Army. But since neither Congreve, nor anyone else had any concept of aerodynamics, the rockets had no fins, or other stabilizers attached, and thus were wildly inaccurate.

The rockets were sporadically used in British Army engagements in the following years, including during the War of 1812 against the United States, inspiring the phrase "the rockets' red glare" in "The Star-Spangled Banner", the American National Anthem.

However, Sharpe uses them to surprising effect when fighting off a French column, since the weapons are more terrifying than conventional artillery, and because a French column is such a large, tightly-packed mass of men that the rockets cannot fail to hit part of it.

Congreve Rockets taking off.
Captain Frederickson (Philip Whitchurch) empties one of the rocket canisters into a sack, making a set of impromptu grenades.
Lt. Gilliland (Nicholas Rowe) orders Teresa's partisans to light the fuses to the rockets.

See Also

Rifles (1993)  •  Eagle (1993)  •  Company (1994)  •  Enemy (1994)  •  Honour (1994)  •  Gold (1995)  •  Battle (1995)  •  Sword (1995)

    Regiment (1996)  •  Siege (1996)  •  Mission (1996)  •  Revenge (1997)  •  Justice (1997)  •  Waterloo (1997)  •  Challenge (2006)  •  Peril (2008)

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