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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military; 1st Edition edition (21 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844159213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844159215
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A sorely needed modern Guide to the battle sites of the Peninsular War with interpretations of the action, analyses of all the armies involved, lavish illustrations and practical tips. Essential for any battlefield visitor., --Chris Buckland

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Photo enthusiast on 4 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
This books is a great disappointment. Most of the content, a general history of the war, is available in a thousand other places, and in most of them it has been more carefully written. Another Amazon reviewer has pointed out some gross errors indicating that the book was prepared in a hurry. I take issue with the publisher's dust jacket statement 'Features the main actions fought by the British, Spanish, Portuguese and French armies'. It does NOT!! I could forgive a clear statement of intent that the book's remit was limited to actions fought by the British army, but not this spurious claim. I thought that the work of excellent modern historians like Charles Esdaile had finally made us grow out of the anglocentric focus of earlier periods. (The great Sir Charles Oman being a very honourable exception, as he does reasonable justice to the Spanish.)Bailen was more important than many of the actions featured, but is mentioned only twice in the text - where is the map, photographs and detailed account to match those of the Anglo-Portuguese actions?

One of my main reasons for disappointment, as I had really looked forward to this book, is that in common with many other folk I have visited all the important 'British' sites, and now want to expand my knowledge by looking at those fought between the Spanish and the French. Most of them led to defeat for the Spanish, but each one took numbers of Frenchmen out of the invading force and each helped tie down most of the French strength away from the decisive battlefields. Many were large and important battles, and deserve to be covered in a book of this kind.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Guy Brown on 25 Aug 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a very well organised book which in principle could be a good help for people who want to learn about and to see the battlefields of the Peninsular War. Besides an introduction, a list of literature and an index the book contains 12 chapters each of which centres around a phase or a battle in the war between France on the one hand and Britain, Portugal and Spain on the other. Each chapter consists of two parts: a condensed but readable description of the military development with pictures and a map, and a guide to the battlefield supported by photos. Unfortunately the book is marred by a couple of bad errors which makes it hard to trust the reliability of the book in general: Wellington's opponent in the Battle of Salamanca was Marshal Marmont and not Marshal Masséna (p.11 and p.201), Arthur Wellesley became Duke of Wellington, not Duke of Wellesley (p.92) and Jac Weller was not a participant in and an observer of the Battle of Sorauren, but a contemporary author who has written a good book of the Peninsular War.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tracey on 3 Jan 2011
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish.
The Battles were full of information and detail
The photos and maps gave great detail and were easy to understand.
I liked the fact that it gave you the details and directions to go find the memorials and battlefields to go visit yourself.
Cant wait to read more by this author
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Background to Sharpe books, which I love. My husband and I are going on Peninsular War sites coach holiday in 2013, and he got this book out of the local library - yes, we still have one!! He found it easy to read and understand, so I bought him a copy to keep and refer to on our holiday. Prompt delivery. Thoroughly recommend seller. Thank you
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took it with me on holiday to tour peninsula battlefields. found it really useful.
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