Recent research into the Duke of Wellington’s armies during the Peninsular War and the Waterloo campaign has enhanced our understanding of the men he led, and this new biographical guide to his brigade commanders is a valuable contribution to this growing field. Ron McGuigan and Robert Burnham have investigated the lives and careers of a group of men who performed a vital role in Wellington’s chain of command. These officers were the brigadiers and major generals who, for a variety of reasons, never made the jump to become permanent division commanders. Their characters, experience and level of competence were key factors in the successes and failures of the army as a whole. Their biographies give us a fascinating insight into their individual backgrounds, their strengths and weaknesses, and the makeup of the society they came from. Each biography features a table covering essential information on the individual, his birth and death dates, the dates of his promotions and details of his major commands. This is followed by a concise account of his life and service.
WELLINGTON’S BRIGADE COMMANDERS Peninsular and Waterloo
It is not difficult to find information about Wellington or his leading generals – the Pictons and the Craufurds – but the next tier of commanders, those who commanded brigades but not divisions in the army are almost unknown with a very few exceptions. Ron McGuigan and Bob Burnham have given us biographies of 71 of these officers
Robert Burnham, Ron McGuigan
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Hardback, 322 pages