This new study details each battle and minor action in every campaign, from Vimeiro (August 1808) to Toulouse (April 1814), along with Wellington’s sieges. The book is illustrated with numerous maps depicting the rugged terrain of the Iberian Peninsula, and accurate drawings. It makes required reading for a true understanding of warfare in the Napoleonic period.
COMMANDING PRESENCE Wellington in the Peninsula 1808-1814 Logistics Strategy Survival
Ian Robertson includes detail missing from most Peninsular War histories, such as the important contribution by the King’s German Legion. Anyone trying to educate himself about the Peninsular War may well wonder why it took so long to drive Napoleon’s army from Iberia. And why so many soldiers died in so few battles. Robertson tells us of the nearly insurmountable problems facing the allied commander, the Duke of Wellington: starvation, disease and a lack of everything from boots to transport and munitions.
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Hardback, 480 pages