The British army reached the apogee of its success in the war against Napoleon, and in particular in the famous campaigns in the Peninsular under Wellington’s command. Yet many aspects of how it achieved its victories have been ignored. 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 Wellington’s campaigns in their strategic context and explains how he achieved his success.
The principles underlying the organisation of Wellington’s army are uncovered in a penetrating analysis. His key subordinates are given the attention they deserve, and there is an authoritative explanation of the importance of rank and seniority. Fascinating studies of bridging operations and the role of reconnaissance are included, and an invaluable appendix lists the titles of hundreds of first-hand accounts by British soldiers.
INSIDE WELLINGTON’S PENINSULAR ARMY 1808-1814
Four scholars of the Peninsular War put their research together in this book to ask and answer the question : just what made Wellington’s army in that campaign so successful? Their studies reveal the secrets of success behind such triumphs as the great battles of Salamanca and Vitoria which finally rid Iberia of the Napoleonic scourge. With prolific notes annotations, a comprehensive index, good bibliography and clear chapter headings help make this a very useful reference work.
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