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The Peninsular War Atlas (Revised) (General Military)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2011
Esposito and Elting 's excellant Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars covered the Peninsula War in 10 pages. This brillant atlas does the same job in 400 pages ! This atlas is comprehensive and very clear and it is possible to identify the positions of individual regiments in major battles. This is probably the best, clearest and most comprehensive military Atlas I have ever seen. It is also great value for money.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2010
Many years ago I studied the Peninsular War for my O level GCE History exam. The associated romantic (for a 16 year old school boy) battle names have stayed in my mind ever since (Badajoz, Lines of Torres Vedras etc.). This book is such a pleasure. It is comprehensive in terms of covering the entire campaign and all the battles - even those - in which the British did not participate! I am not a historian but three aspects of the book appeal to me. First the amount of detail in the mapping is truly astounding with a battle description accompanying each map. The non-partisan nature of the whole book is to be applauded. Finally the presentation of the book is superb. It is presented in a quality slip cover which is both practical but also makes it a book to be treasured.
Not sure the family will be so keen. Now instead of being bored by me nattering on about the name as we drive past Torres Vedras, they will have to visit the Lines as well!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2010
I have just received this marvellous book. It is quite simply outstanding in every regard. The book comes in a hard case, which was a real surprise, and the quality is very good. However, it is the maps and the depth of knowledge of the author which are quite simply incredible. The maps are very clear and the details of the troops in their respective armies or deployed and depicted on the mapping is so easy to understand and on the opposite page is the text which explains all! The author has had a great deal of help, clearly, from the Spanish and Portuguese and that is what sets this work apart from other contemporary books on the subject. Brilliant!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2010
I must say that I am extremely impressed with this atlas. It obviously represents the accumulation of many years of work by the author. This is immediately apparent. The book is top quality in every way: both in its presentation and its content.
I don't profess to be an expert on the Peninsular Wars but I know that there has been debate amongst the allies up to the present day regarding the historical record. The author has made a real effort to bridge those gaps and has produced a truly comprehensive work. I have several military atlases on my book shelf: this one is head and shoulders above any of them and can rightly claim to be the only complete atlas on the conflict. I must comment on the clarity of the maps and the quality of the accompanying text. I am also very impressed with the appendices which stand on their own in their contribution to our knowledge of Wellington's forces. This atlas lends itself to both the Napoleonic scholar or the beginner.
I note that one reviewer commented on the colours of the map symbols and considered them to be a problem. I can see the point under some light conditions but in good light I did not find the blue/black to be problematic.
Finally, Richard Holmes commented that this is a work on the subject that may never be surpassed. I have to agree with that: simply excellent.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2010
An excellent work, comprehensively covering the entire peninsular war campaigns across Spain, Portugal and southern France. The use of modern cartography to tell the story, supported by the clear and well-written text, provides the reader with vivid images of the scenario and all the key issues surrounding each battle. Lipscombe carefully avoids championing the British forces at the expense of others, giving a clear and balanced account covering strengths and weaknesses of all involved nations and forces, as well as the political aspects of the campaign. This book is a fascinating read, of interest not only to military historians but also those with a general interest in history and particularly cartographers.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2010
Absolutely essential book for Peninsular War fans. Covers ALL the action - not just Wellington's and is therefore unique

The maps are very good and show details the standard diagrams used by other other authors are sadly lacking

The only problem is the colour of the unit symbols - Red for British and Green for Portugal are fine but what idiot decided to use black for Spain and dark blue for France? The two are almost indistinguishable on the page and you have to resort to the text to decide which is which
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2011
This book is a joy. It looks and feels superb, the text is well-written and detailed giving brief accounts of all the campaigns and battles - it serves as a good history book in its own right, even leaving aside the maps. They, however, are superb and are not only great for showing the topography, deployment and sequence of both the battles and the numerous sieges, but the author has taken great pains to compile the most recent research into the orders of battle, especially in regards to the Spanish Army, which have often been a little obscure in English. It includes maps for battles I hadn't seen before, including Alcolea and Zornoza, for example, as well as a good map of the new interpretation of where the fighting at Baylen took place

As well as being a very good book in its own right, it also helps to 'unlock' those other Peninsular War histories - such as Oman and Napier, or more recently, Esdaile and Gates - whose own mapping just does not compare. I think the map's in Foy's work were the best I'd seen before this.

Highly, highly recommended. I can't imagine anyone interested in this period of history being disappointed after purchasing this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2011
Since taking the examination for the Staff College in 1965, which introduced me to the Peninsular War, I have enjoyed studying the combats and battles by regular visits to Portugal and Spain.

Colonel Lipscombe's Peninsular War Atlas is a comprehensive and accessible history of the war. The maps are superior in every way to those provided in the classic accounts of the War by Oman and Napier - as well as in the "lesser" however distinguised material produced since then.

The operations of the Spanish armies are also covered as too are the battles in the south of France.

The additional informtion now provided on the maps will make revisiting the contempory accounts as well as those of the professional historians rewarding.

For the new as well as the obssesive student of Wellington's conduct of the allied army against Napoleon's marshals this book is of more ongoing value than any other I know of and would certainly be my unhesitatingly chosen single volume to take to a desertt island.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 14 June 2015
The perfect companion for all military history enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

At last a superb addition to my Napoleonic library, Colonel Lipscombe has excelled himself the research and amount of work that went into producing this wonderful volume is to be applauded.

The maps are well produced, with just the right level of detail. The terrain is clearly portrayed, with contour lines, detailed routes of roads and watercourses and excellent city and fortification plans. The course of events is easy to follow, and the maps are well matched to the text. There is a mix of battlefield maps and overview maps that show all of Spain or the area of a large campaign. The size of the book means that the text is really rather detailed, with the equivalent of a normal two-page spread on each single page. Highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2010
This is a fantastic book/Atlas, it exudes quality from the moment it arrives and continues to do so with every page you turn.

Over several hundred pages it describes, an almost daily account of, all the engagements between the French, Spanish, Portuguese and British Forces, both regular and Militia.
The maps show, sometimes using several maps, the development of all the battles, and sieges, from the moment the French stepped into Spain until their final defeats in France.

I intend to spend a few months researching this book before taking a "battlefield Tour Holiday" to Spain, in the summer of 2011. This Atlas will give me all the information I need to retrace the steps of the troops on every battlefield.
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