Voices from the Peninsula
Eyewitness Accounts by Soldiers of Wellington's Army, 1808-1814
ISBN10: 1853674591 ISBN13: 9781853674594 Publisher: Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal Published: Oct 1 2001 Pages: 303 Weight: 1.35lbs. Height: 9.75" Width: 6.50" Depth: 1.25" Language: English
The Peninsular War was one of the most successful campaigns ever fought by the British Army. Between 1808, when British troops landed in Portugal, and 1814, when Wellington's Army advanced into the south of France, British soldiers were involved in countless battles and sieges against Napoleon's vaunted French veterans. Drawing on rare letters, diaries and memoirs, Ian Fletcher presents a superb insight into the daily lives of British soldiers in this momentous period and evokes such key battles and sieges as Vimiero, Talavera, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vittoria and San Sebastian. Ian Fletcher's skillful compilation of accounts, placed in context by important background detail, make this the story of the Peninsular War in the words of the men who marched, fought and triumphed with Wellington. Although there have been many accounts of soldiering in Wellington's army, Voices from the Peninsula throws new light on the experience of Napoleonic warfare and brings to life what Wellington called 'the finest military machine in existence'.