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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey; Slp edition (10 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849083649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849083645
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 5.3 x 31.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Lipscombe was born in 1958 in Angers, France. He has a degree in Business Studies and an MSc in Defence Studies. He was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1980. During his thirty four years in the British Army he has seen considerable operational service with the British and American armies, as well as with NATO and the UN (He was awarded the US Bronze Star in 2006). A keen interest in military history followed his academic studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst concentrating on the Napoleonic era and the Peninsular War in particular. He has been working in Iberia for the last eight years and has written a number of articles and delivered many lectures on matters relating to the war. His first book, An Atlas and Concise Military History of the Peninsular War was published in 2010 and selected as one of the Daily Telegraph (History) Books of the Year. He is Chairman of Peninsular War 200, the UK official organisation for the commemoration of the bicentenary of the War and a Trustee of the British Cemetery at Elvas, Portugal. He speaks German and Spanish and lives in Spain with his wife Janny: they have three daughters.

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'... a prodigious achievement ... I particularly admire the way [Lipscombe gives] such serious treatment to campaigns in which there was no British involvement, and to the relatively minor sieges whose details are usually so obscure. Overall, I do not believe that Lipscombe's effort will ever be surpassed.' --Richard Holmes

This sensational, 384-page hardback book is handsomely presented in a slip-case. Overall this is an important and essential book for anyone interested in Napoleonic history. --Toy Soldier & Model Figure

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Colonel Nick Lipscombe was born in 1958 in Angers, France. He has a degree in business studies and an MSc in defence studies. He was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1980. During his thirty years in the British Army he has seen considerable operational service with the British and American armies, as well as with NATO and the UN. He was awarded the US Bronze Star in 2006. A keen interest in military history followed his academic studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst concentrating on the Napoleonic era and the Peninsular War in particular. He is Chairman of Peninsular War 200, the UK official organization for the commemoration of the bicentenary of the Peninsular War. He speaks German and Spanish, currently works in Portugal and lives in Spain with his wife Janny and their three daughters. The author lives in Spain.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Blake N on 14 Dec 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Syson on 11 Jan 2011
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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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By KP in Nice on 24 Nov 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 22 people found the following review helpful By PeterC on 29 Nov 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JWH on 9 April 2011
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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 7 people found the following review helpful By gunner ian branton on 31 Jan 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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