Inside Wellington’s Peninsular Army by Rory Muir (Author), Bob Burnham (Author), Howie Muir (Author), Ron McGuigan
The Peninsular Wars between 1808-1814 saw Wellington really gain a grasp on battle techniques. It was here that he honed the skills that would stand him in such good stead when he faced Bonaparte in 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo.
Wellington’s Peninsular Army fought many hard won battles throughout Portugal and Spain. This book is a joint effort by four leading historians on the subject, looking at the most recent research into the subject.
The result is a very readable, and interesting book dealing with subjects such as an investigation into the way in which Wellington kept all his units up to strength despite the problems and difficulties of war time; a look at the order of battle array, how the army was enlisted and created, as well as a survey of British memoirs of the Napoleonic War. In all cases, the historians have gone back to primary sources and taken a new look at the subject. The result is a comprehensive and fascinating survey of the Peninsular Army.
It is not easy reading, you need a lot of concentration but it is worth it. If you want to know about the Peninsular Wars, the generals and men who fought in – this is the place to come.
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