A History of the Peninsular War, Volume 2

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Clarendon Press, 1903 - Peninsular War, 1807-1814
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History of the Peninsular War, January to September 1809: From the Battle of Corunna to the End of the Talavera Campaign -- Greenhill Military Paperbacks (History of the Peninsular War)

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Released in 1902 and 1903, respectively, these are the first two titles in Oman�s seven-volume treatise on the Napoleonic War in the Iberian Peninsula. As the titles (which are almost as ... Read full review

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Excellent detailed account of the entire war in Spain and Portugal. Well written covering virtually everything. Read full review

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Page 287 - I hare always been of opinion that Portugal might be defended, whatever might be the result of the contest in Spain ; and that in the mean time the measures adopted for the defence of Portugal would be highly useful to the Spaniards in their contest with the French.
Page 633 - ... points du royaume où vous pourrez en faire parvenir la nouvelle. « M. le maréchal ne s'est pas dissimulé qu'un événement d'aussi grande importance étonnera beaucoup de monde, et doit produire des impressions diverses ; mais il n'a pas cru devoir s'arrêter à ces considérations : son âme est trop pure pour qu'il puisse penser qu'on lui attribue aucun projet ambitieux. Dans tout ce qu'il fait il ne voit que la gloire des armes de Sa Majesté, le succès de l'expédition qui lui est confiée,...
Page 287 - My notion was that the Portuguese military establishments, upon the footing of 40,000 Militia and 30,000 regular troops, ought to be revived ; and that, in addition to these troops, his Majesty ought to employ an army in Portugal amounting to about 20,000 British troops, including about 4,000 Cavalry.
Page 303 - They are the scum of the earth. English soldiers are fellows who have enlisted for drink — that is the plain fact : they have all enlisted for drink.
Page 514 - Nearly 2000 ran off on the evening of the 27th from the battle of Talavera, (not 100 yards from the place where I was standing,) who were neither attacked, nor threatened with an attack, and who were frightened only by the noise of their own fire...
Page 470 - Our arrival at the camp was announced by a general discharge of artillery, upon which an immense number of torches were made to blaze up, and we passed the entire Spanish line in review by their light. The effect produced by these arrangements, was one of no ordinary character. As the torches were held aloft, at moderate intervals from one another, they threw a red and wavering light over the whole scene, permitting at the same time, its minuter parts to...
Page 606 - I feel much concerned that any thing should have occurred to induce your Excellency to express a doubt of the truth of what I have written to you. As, however, your Excellency entertains that doubt, any further correspondence between us appears unnecessary ; and accordingly, this is the last letter which I shall have the honor of addressing to you.
Page 633 - Son Excellence ne s'est pas dissimulé non plus que depuis Burgos l'armée a eu des combats continuels à soutenir ; elle a réfléchi sur les moyens d'éviter à l'avenir les maux que cet état de guerre occasionne, et elle n'en a pas trouvé de plus propre que celui qui lui est offert par la grande majorité des habitants des principales villes du Minho, d'autant plus qu'elle a l'espoir de voir propager dans les autres provinces cet exemple, et qu'ainsi ce beau pays sera préservé de nouvelles...
Page 632 - SE le duc de Dalmatie serait prié de prendre les rênes du gouvernement, de représenter le souverain, et de se revêtir de toutes les attributions de l'autorité suprême, le peuple promettant...
Page 47 - A pretty correct idea of our relative positions may be formed if the unnautical reader will imagine our small force to be placed in the nave of Westminster Abbey, with the enemy attacking the great western tower from the summit of a cliff 100 feet higher than the tower, so that the breach in course of formation nearly corresponded to the great west window of the abbey.

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