- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Osprey Publishing (21 Nov. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841765775
- ISBN-13: 978-1841765778
- Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.7 x 24.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 800,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fortresses of the Peninsular War 1808-14 Paperback – Illustrated, 21 Nov 2003
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Ian Fletcher is one of the leading authorities on the Peninsular War and Wellington?s army. Born in London in 1957, his first book, In Hell Before Daylight, was published in 1984, since when he has written or edited over 20 more. He also runs Ian Fletcher Battlefield Tours. Ian has worked on the BBC?s Decisive Weapons series, The History Channel?s Line of Fire series and Channel 4's series on evolutionary Armies. He has also broadcast on radio and continues to lecture whenever he can. A Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society and a Member of the British Commission for Military History, Ian lives in Rochester, Kent, with his wife Debbie, and their two children, Jack and Harriet. Chris Taylor was born in Newcastle. After attending art college in his home town, he graduated in 1995 from Bournemouth University with a degree in computer graphics. Since then he has worked in the graphics industry and is currently a freelance illustrator for various publishing companies.
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Napoleon Bonaparte once said that while fortresses would not stop an army, they would nevertheless retard its movements: nowhere was this proven more clearly than in the Iberian Peninsula during the Peninsular War from 1808 to 1814. Read the first page
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Fletcher elects to concentrate on the four fortresses that played the biggest parts in a long war: Badajoz, Ciudad Rodrigo, Burgos, and San Sabastian. Badajoz, Ciudad Rodrigo, and San Sebastian were each difficult sieges for the British Army led by the future Duke of Wellington; Burgos was perhaps his one genuine defeat in the Peninsular War. The author offers an overview of the conflict and of the use of fortresses before describing the four forts treated in the text. The narrative extends to the actual sieges and their results. The author makes the point that the British Army was chronically underequiped for siege warfare and achieved many of its results through the sheer bravery of its soldiers. A postscript describes what remains of the four fortresses today. A diagram in the glossary actually explains all the technical terms of early 19th Century fortifications.
"Fortresses of the Peninsular War 1808-1814" is a concise introduction to the topic, and recommended to the general reader and the student.
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