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Wellington at War in the Peninsula: 1808 - 1814 An Overview and Guide

Wellington at War in the Peninsula: 1808 - 1814 An Overview and Guide by Ian Robertson

ISBN10: 085052735X
ISBN13: 978-0850527353
Author: Ian Robertson
Book title: Wellington at War in the Peninsula: 1808 - 1814 An Overview and Guide
Publisher: Pen and Sword; First Paperback Edition edition (October 29, 2008)
Language: English
Category: Europe
Size PDF: 1261 kb
Size ePub: 1348 kb
Size Fb2: 1809 kb
Rating: 4.4/5
Votes: 596
Pages: 352 pages

Wellington at War in the Peninsula: 1808 - 1814 An Overview and Guide by Ian Robertson



By any standards, the seven year land campaign centered on the Iberian Peninsula between Napoleon’s French armies and Britain and her Portugese ally was as dramatic as it was prolonged.While the Napoleonic Wars came to their historic climax at Waterloo in June 1815, the scene was set by the events of the Peninsular War. In Wellington at War in the Peninsula, experienced historian and travel writer Ian Robertson describes the flow of the campaign which established Wellington as one of the greatest military commanders and provides invaluable information and advice for the would-be battlefield visitor.

Reviews

Voodoozragore
If you plan to tour the Napoleonic battlefields of Spain, or if you collect ALL volumes on the Peninsular War, buy this book. Military historians visintg Espana will find Robertson's notes and maps invaluable. He also presents a fairly comprehenisve bibliography of what to read next.If this isn't you, skip it. There are better overviews and surveys available. As a travel guide though, it's awfully good. Bon voyage!

Rexfire
"Wellington at War in the Peninsula" is offered as an overview and guide. This reader cannot judge the book's value as an on-the-ground tour guide to battlefields in Portugal, Spain, and France. However, it is a good overview of the actions of the British Army in the Peninsular War. Three hundred pages may seem long, but most of the serious studies of the war are much longer. The book provides a good survey-level account, describing in broad brush the sequence of battles and campaigns from the initial British intervention in 1808 to the final battles in southern France before the first abdication of Napoleon in 1814. Wellington's role rightly receives prominent coverage, but Robertson does not neglect Moore's ill-fated 1808-1809 expedition. Robertson's writing style is easy to follow, and is augmented with well-chosen quotes from witnesses to the campaigns. The text is enhanced with an excellent collection of pictures which put faces to the principal personalities, and maps and sketches which provide a sense of the difficult terrain over which the war was fought. Serious students of the Napoleonic Wars will find no revelations here, but the casual reader may find this a very manageable single volume account.

Redfury
If you plan to tour the Napoleonic battlefields of Spain, or if you collect ALL volumes on the Peninsular War, buy this book. Military historians visintg Espana will find Robertson's notes and maps invaluable. He also presents a fairly comprehenisve bibliography of what to read next.If this isn't you, skip it. There are better overviews and surveys available. As a travel guide though, it's awfully good. Bon voyage!

Quphagie
"Wellington at War in the Peninsula" is offered as an overview and guide. This reader cannot judge the book's value as an on-the-ground tour guide to battlefields in Portugal, Spain, and France. However, it is a good overview of the actions of the British Army in the Peninsular War. Three hundred pages may seem long, but most of the serious studies of the war are much longer. The book provides a good survey-level account, describing in broad brush the sequence of battles and campaigns from the initial British intervention in 1808 to the final battles in southern France before the first abdication of Napoleon in 1814. Wellington's role rightly receives prominent coverage, but Robertson does not neglect Moore's ill-fated 1808-1809 expedition. Robertson's writing style is easy to follow, and is augmented with well-chosen quotes from witnesses to the campaigns. The text is enhanced with an excellent collection of pictures which put faces to the principal personalities, and maps and sketches which provide a sense of the difficult terrain over which the war was fought. Serious students of the Napoleonic Wars will find no revelations here, but the casual reader may find this a very manageable single volume account.


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