This text demonstrates how a great commander finally achieved victory after six years of battle against Napoleon's army. The author covers all the battles against the French that Wellington was involved in....
|Title||:||Wellington in the Peninsula|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||256 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Wellington in the Peninsula Reviews
Wow - what a book! This was a real page turner. I came at it knowing absolutely nothing about Wellington except that he beat Napoleon at Waterloo, and even less about any wars on the Peninsular. But having read plenty of books on the early settlement of Tasmania, I kept hearing about men - convicts and the soldiers who guarded them - who had 'fought with Wellington in the Peninsular'. So in effect, this was the war that built Australia. Weller's book underlines Wellington's brilliance without idolising him - he seems a cool and impersonable man in charge of massed ranks of ruffians and drunks. Somehow, Wellington was able to be in several places at once, read the way a battle would go and pre-empt anything the French could throw at him. The Peninsular was a glorious victory for Britain and its Iberian allies and Weller's book puts you there, battle by bloody battle. There was a comprehensive bibliography so I can jump into some other books written by soldiers who were actually there, squaring up to muskets, lances, artillery and cannon and seeing their triumphant CinC galloping along the crest of a Spanish hill to reorganise his battle lines. Awesome.
I liked this book. It is very detailed and covers Wellington's campaign in the Iberian peninsula. I don't have any other point of reference in assessing the accuracy of fiures or details of the various battles and sieges conducted during this time. The book has several photos of battlefields and drawings of multiple maps.
It's a little dated but still a valuable read. Far more honest regarding allied help i.e. Spanish and Portuguese then many others including some more recent that should know better.However the Waterloo one is of far less value.
Anyone even vaguely interested in the Napoleonic wars, should read this!