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The Peninsular War, 1807-1814: A Concise Military History Hardcover – 21 Mar 1974

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; 1st Edition edition (21 Mar. 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715363875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715363874
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashleigh Hogg on 30 Jan. 2013
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This is a book for anyone with any interest in the Peninsular Wars. Michael Glover's superbly-written account accomplishes everything a reader could ask for - bringing intrigue, hunour, suspense and above all facts and figures to outline seven years of warfare under difficult logistical, military and political conditions. No one is spared - the errors and omissions of all are laid bare, exposing the underlying fragility of both British and French field officers, many of whom were hopelessly inadequate for their role. Heroisim shines through in abundance - but the miserable promotions offered to officers who led the "Forlorn Hope" attacks should make us reflect on conditions of the time. The book reminds us that many more battles than those generally mentioned in school - Sir John Moore's retreat to Corunna, the sieges of Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz to mention the most famous - were only a small part in a lengthy and wide-ranging campaign. And at the end of the day, the British won - but it was a close-run thing. Somewhat like at Waterloo, the French could have been victorious. And in warfare, you get no prizes for coming second. Great book, possibly the best of the "pocket histories" ever written. I would highly recommend it to anyone, even to those without a specific interest in the Peninsular Wars.
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If you don't have time to read Oman (which is easily the best, most accurate and trustworthy of the histories of the Peninsular War....but, at seven volumes, takes some reading!), this is the one to have. Link it with Nick Lipscombe's excellent Peninsular War Atlas and you will get a pretty thorough understanding of the main events. Then take the time to read Oman!!
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A concise history.... 18 Jun. 2013
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Michael Glover's "The Peninsular War 1807-1814" is a concise and very readable history of the British intervention in that conflict. Glover follows Lieutenant General Sir Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, and his legendarily tough Anglo-Portuguese Army through the key events of a long war involving Spain, Portugal and Britain on one side and Napoleon's Imperial France on the other.

Glover does his due diligence in describing the start of the war, with the French occupation of Spain and invasion of Portugal, and includes Sir John Moore's ill-fated expedition into Spain in 1808. The Spanish army and its guerrillas make short periodic appearances. The narrative picks up steam with the return of Wellesley to the Peninsula, his defeat of the second French invasion of Portugal, and the long struggle to wear down the French armies in Spain.

Glover does a nice job delivering balanced coverage of the tactical and operational aspects of the British intervention, well-seeded with appropriate quotations from key participants. In particular, he addresses the still relevant interplay between Wellesley as a deployed expeditionary commander facing superior numbers and his civilian masters in London underwriting an expensive campaign and risking most of Britain's deployable Army units. This history was first published in 1974; more recent accounts are available for the serious student. Recommended to the general reader as an accessible account of the Peninsular War.
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