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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars peninsular war
an excellent coverage of a complex subject in a limited space this book gave me the interest to read more widely on the subject unlike many books on the subject david gates does not pharaphrase oman but forms his own view.
Published on 21 Sep 2003 by w.n.r.saunders

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Spanish Ulcer
Good attempt to chart the whole Peninsular War (not just the Anglo-Portuguese campaigns). Maps are a weak point: not particulary clear, especially for the battles. At least one map, showing an evolving battle situation, is a reprint of one a few pages earlier. I would have preferred the battles to have been described in more detail. Otherwise, a good account.
Published on 21 July 2002


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars peninsular war, 21 Sep 2003
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w.n.r.saunders (bryngwyn,raglan, monmouthshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Spanish Ulcer: A History of Peninsular War: A History of the Peninsular War (Paperback)
an excellent coverage of a complex subject in a limited space this book gave me the interest to read more widely on the subject unlike many books on the subject david gates does not pharaphrase oman but forms his own view.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Knowledgable and readable, 25 Oct 2011
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The main difference between this book and most others is that it deals with the war as a whole and not just as seen through the lens of Wellington. Other Generals in other theatres are also given space and their campaigns and battles are examined and their contributions assessed and acknowledged. All this is done with due rigour but without becoming too dry and academic. The level of detail does not interfere with the readability for the ordinary interested reader. Highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Spanish Ulcer, 21 July 2002
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Good attempt to chart the whole Peninsular War (not just the Anglo-Portuguese campaigns). Maps are a weak point: not particulary clear, especially for the battles. At least one map, showing an evolving battle situation, is a reprint of one a few pages earlier. I would have preferred the battles to have been described in more detail. Otherwise, a good account.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid information, poor maps, 1 July 2013
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Excellent description of the individual battles fought during the Peninsula War or what the Spanish call The War of Independence. Sadly, badly let down by maps that are difficult to interpret and whose orientation is frequently not north/south as one might expect. Given that the maps are a crucial part of understanding how battles unfold, this is a disappointment. The illustrations are almost impossible to make out! Publisher is clearly a cheap-skate. I agree with other reviewers that it does show the extraordinary doggedness and self-sacrifice of the Spanish in resisting Napoleonic rule.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't miss it !!! (From a Spanish point of wiew), 5 Feb 2004
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Miguel A. Agreda Gamarra "Hipnos" (Valencia, Spain) - See all my reviews
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This book is the first one I've read on the Peninsular War that don't tell the whole history purely from the British point of View. You can't stop to be astonished before the resiliance and doggedness of the multifarious spanish armies, that defeat after defeat raises again and again to fight another battles, never asking for peace terms.It's impossible not to be amazed before these lot of patriots, conscripts and mauled veterans, badly trained, armed and feed that lost their lifes in uncountables battlefields to re-form again and again to, finally, expell the french from their fatherland. Wellington and the british troops are essential for the final Victory, of course, but If you only read Sir Charles Oman's work and other "lesser" works, you can think that they fight alone against Napoleon...A book imprescidible to have a balanced view of the Peninsular War, very detailed battles ( a lot of they unknow for the casual reader)with, sadly, very poor maps. Recommended if you wants to have a balanced (and thorough) view of the Peninsular war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monster history of the little-known half of the Penisular war., 22 Jun 2014
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spyder_man "spyder_man" (Orpington, Kent, England) - See all my reviews
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An outstanding read and provides an interesting balance to all those histories that implied that only Wellington et al was fighting the French in Spain. OK there was lots of in-fighting in the Spanish camp but what's new in that? This work documents it all. Best I've read so far giving the Spanish side. Can be hard to get hold of so if you see it: buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Spanish Ulcer, 14 Jan 2013
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Brilliant book, living over here it has made exploring the actual battle fields much easier.Nice to read an authority on the Spanish effort as well as just Wellingtons. Very easy to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps as a reference but stodgy, 7 April 2013
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Simon Peat (London UK) - See all my reviews
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In the light of the stories and interest in Wellingto thios is a valuable complement of interest to teachers and academics
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