Thomas Hatfield decided that a farmer's life wasn't him and decided to join his local regiment, the Lancashire Light Foot.
Soon he was plunged into the tumultuous events of the Napoleonic Wars. He was sickened by the villainy of a crooked sergeant and his cronies, in addition to the threat from the opposing French army at the battle of Waterloo.
After massacre at St. Peter's Field, Manchester - which became known as 'Peterloo' - the young man wondered if a life in England was what he really wanted…
200 years ago, the battle that - arguably if you're French - set the political landscape of Europe for many generations was fought in a previously insignificant area of what was then the Netherlands. Waterloo.
Waterloo! (Issue no 4823) told a fictional - as we always do - tale of that epic history-defining battle, focussing mainly on the French perspective of the ordinary soldiers embroiled in the heat of the fighting.
Regular Commando author Ferg Handley wrote that story, wonderfully illustrated by veteran artist Carlos Pino. Now, both creators have produced this follow-up, which turns its attention towards the British. Eagle-eyed readers - that's all of you, we wouldn't have it any other way - may even have noticed that this book's hero, Private Thomas Hatfield, and his nemesis, Sergeant Nathan Wilkes, had brief cameo appearances in part one.
Once again, we believe that Ferg and Carlos have done us proud, and hope that you enjoy this adventure.
Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor