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5.0 out of 5 stars Military opportunism meets political realities
This is a thoroughly enjoyable and well-researched account of British military exploits in the River Plate estuary during the early 1800s. Exploiting communication delays and confusion with the authorities in London, a British military and naval flotilla stationed off Cape Town decides to ransack and pillage the Spanish colonies of Montevideo and Buenos Aires...
Published on 27 Nov 2009 by C. D. Nash

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A reasonable introduction to the topic, but Fletcher has done little research to make this effort worthwhile. The text is mostly cobbled together from secondary sources and contains little detail.
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by matt b.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Lifting the veil on the forgotten campaign of the British Army, 9 July 2010
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Thomas F. Moffatt (Calais, ME USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Waters of Oblivion: The British Invasion of the Rio De La Plata, 1806-1807 (Hardcover)
This book by Ian Fletcher is very helpful in understanding the way the British attacks on Buenos Aires and Montevideo unfolded in 1806, and 1807. It does detail the way it occurred, and shows clearly how the soldiers gave their best. But poor planning on the ground, and poor generalship let them down - but it shows clearly how, even then, the generals did not understand the principals of urban warfare. What the book misses is the detail on the voyages out and back, including Craufurd's great care in seeing the soldiers remained in good condition through forced cleanliness, and a huge supply of lime juice to combat scurvy. On the way home, the soldiers remained healthy, while the admiralty vessels convoying them had scurvy break out, for just that reason. Besides this book, hunt down a couple of the first-hand accounts offered of the voyages and the attacks. This is a good book, well organized and well written, but the first hand accounts add that extra dimension.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Military opportunism meets political realities, 27 Nov 2009
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C. D. Nash (Nr Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Waters of Oblivion: The British Invasion of the Rio De La Plata, 1806-1807 (Hardcover)
This is a thoroughly enjoyable and well-researched account of British military exploits in the River Plate estuary during the early 1800s. Exploiting communication delays and confusion with the authorities in London, a British military and naval flotilla stationed off Cape Town decides to ransack and pillage the Spanish colonies of Montevideo and Buenos Aires.

In a curious way for me, this story of military and political incompetence has echoes of the drama and conflict over the Falkland Islands over 170 years later.

Interesting that both the above events subsequently led to major (beneficial) social and political changes in Argentina.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight, 26 Oct 2011
This review is from: The Waters of Oblivion: The British Invasion of the Rio De La Plata, 1806-1807 (Hardcover)
A reasonable introduction to the topic, but Fletcher has done little research to make this effort worthwhile. The text is mostly cobbled together from secondary sources and contains little detail.
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