The British Army Reached The Apogee Of Its Success In The War Against Napoleon, And In Particular In The Famous Campaigns In The Peninsula, When Under Wellingtons Command Yet Many Aspects Of How It Achieved Its Victories Have Been Ignored Or Taken For Granted This Book Breaks New Ground In A Series Of Meticulous Studies, Which Reveal The Hidden Mechanisms That Lie Behind Triumphs Such As Salamanca And Vitoria At The Same Time It Places Wellingtons Campaigns In Their Strategic Context And Explains How He Achieved His Success The Organization Of Wellington S Army And The Principles Underlying The Way In Which The Troops Were Placed In The Line Of Battle Are Uncovered In A Penetrating New Analysis The Subordinates Who Commanded His Brigades And Divisions Are Given The Attention They Deserve, And There Is An Authoritative Explanation Of The Importance Of Army Rank And SeniorityFascinating Studies Of Bridging Operations, Including The Construction Of Europes First Suspension Bridge, And The Role Of Reconnaissance Or Exploring Officers Reveal The Practical Difficulties Of Campaigning In A Country Where Roads Were Few, Maps Inaccurate, And What Bridges Existed Were Often Of Ancient Roman Origin An Invaluable Appendix Lists And Organizes By Regiment The Titles Of The Many Hundreds Of First Hand Accounts Of The War By British SoldiersThis Book Emphasizes That There Was To Wellington S Generalship Than Just Command On The Battlefield It Is An Important And Original Contribution To The History Of The Peninsular War, And It Builds Upon The Pioneering Work Of Sir Charles Oman
Rory Muir is visiting research fellow, University of Adelaide His previously published books include a highly praised study of Wellington s great triumph at Salamanca and the edited letters of Alexander Gordon, Wellington s confidential aide de camp He lives in Australia.
- 328 pages
- Inside Wellington's Peninsular Army: 1808-1814
- Rory Muir
- 14 May 2018 Rory Muir