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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to the enthusiast's bookshelf
The depth of research and the style of combining historical records into a narrative make this an excellent addition to the bookshelf of historians, militarists and enthusiast of the Napoleonic era. One might not have realised what it took to get artillery to a battlefield, the logistics of moving guns and ammunition along country roads, but it is soon revealed here. Plus...
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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointlng
Just another retelling of the peninsular wars .maybe from slightly different angle but essentially no different to the many other versions. Very little about the guns used in the campaign.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to the enthusiast's bookshelf, 16 Sep 2013
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Keith Lawson (England) - See all my reviews
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The depth of research and the style of combining historical records into a narrative make this an excellent addition to the bookshelf of historians, militarists and enthusiast of the Napoleonic era. One might not have realised what it took to get artillery to a battlefield, the logistics of moving guns and ammunition along country roads, but it is soon revealed here. Plus the politicking of the Army Leaders. Fascinating to read journal extracts and letters home. This book has been long overdue and now serious gap in the historical literature has been filled.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another oustanding hit from Colonel Lipscombe !, 9 Nov 2013
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Gunners, often forgotten by History, will be delighted, Soldiers will listen to a story narrated by a true soldier who has stepped on all the battlefields he is describing, Historians will be hit by the meticulous research work undertaken. What about the rest of the audience?...Well, follow Nick through this travel along one of the most stormy period of our history, you cannot be disappointed. The story ends up with the most famous European battle, Napoleon duelling with Wellington. Nick has taken an angle of story telling nobody dared before! The book is a must in your library.

Les lecteurs français avisés, qu'ils soient experts de la période napoléonienne, artilleurs de métier ou friands de travaux de précision sauront apprécier le travail remarquable du colonel Lipscombe. Cerise sur le gâteau, cet officier britannique de très grande classe sait conserver une objectivité à toute épreuve vis à vis des adversaires français et sortir des poncifs habituels de la littérature militaire anglo-saxonne. A apprécier sans modération!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artillery in the peninsula, 11 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Wellington's Guns: The Untold Story of Wellington and his Artillery in the Peninsula and at Waterloo (General Military) (Kindle Edition)
Found the book to be extremely useful , I now realize that the artillery played a big part in all of the notable battles of the peninsula , good reading , very easy to understand , , especially the reluctance of Wellington to give them credit ,very well explained ,
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than the definitive book about the Gunners during the Napoleonic Wars, 5 Nov 2013
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This book fills a longstanding gap in research on the Napoleonic Wars, in that little had been printed regarding artillery. Not only was I pleased to find such a comprehensive work on this subject, but the more I read, the more I appreciated the fact that Nick Lipscombe has also provided an extremely readable condensed history of the Peninsular War and Waterloo, which runs a close third behind Oman and Napier in terms of facts, tactics, detail and maps.
Nick Lipscombe has commendably undertaken a massive amount of research. Amongst miriads of examples, I, for one, now know that shrapnel was first used at the battle of Roliça, and not at Vimeiro, as I had previously thought. I also have learned the origins of the single transom for British artillery, as opposed to the split one used by the French.
All in all, Wellington's Guns is an essential addition to one's library on this period of military history, as well as being an extremely attractive book in terms of presentation and illustrations. I would have preferred a larger print size .. but then the sheer volume of information probably would have warranted two books!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first class book, full of information., 21 Oct 2013
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This book is so well researched, full of anecdotes on individuals and events, which have been sourced from contemporary letters and diaries. The technical details are fascinating to the lay reader, and the whole book is laced with humour and excellent observations. I highly recommend this book to Napoleonic readers old and new.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A seminal work, 18 Oct 2013
The author was a Gunner himself and explains clearly in this seminal work how the relationship between Wellington and his Gunners developed during the Peninsular War and culminated at the Battle of Waterloo when able commanders gained his confidence and proved their worth. It also clearly analyses the British artillery of the period and, using French primary sources, gives evidence that explains misinterpreted actions to the credit of the Gunners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wellington's Guns, 21 Sep 2013
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There has been a long-standing gap in the bibliography of the Peninsular War and Waterloo; first the immense contribution of the Royal Regiment of Artillery to these successful campaigns and secondly the relationship between their General and his Gunners.
Colonel Nick Lipscombe, with his career as an Artillery Officer, his access to Royal Artillery archives and his thorough knowledge of the fields of battle, is in a unique position to fill this gap.
He has done so brilliantly. His Wellington's Guns has been deeply researched, goes into great detail of the Gunners; the men, their officers, their leaders and their equipment. The maps he uses are from his award-winning Peninsular War Atlas and do much to aid the understanding of the battles.
Wellington's Guns is an outstanding and long overdue history of Wellington's Gunners.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The untold story of Wellington's artillery, 12 Sep 2013
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Given the interest generated by the Peninsular War and the Battle of Waterloo over the past two hundred years, it is astonishing that no one has produced a definitive history of the part played by the Royal Regiment of Artillery during those turbulent years from 1808 to 1815. That is what Colonel Nick Lipscombe has now achieved and he has made a huge success of it. It is an important book on a significant period in the Regiment's history and deserves a wide readership.

The colourful story is based upon an enormous amount of contemporary material by participants ranging from private soldiers to Wellington himself and backed by archives of political material, the records of the Board of Ordnance and family collections. Not only is it a comprehensive account of the activities of one of Wellington's prime assets, his artillery, but the story of the campaign overall as seen from an artillery point of view.

The author quotes verbatim from an enormous amount of that contemporary material, bringing the story to life as the reader begins to recognise the individuals and hear their accounts. These include the detail of the daily life of artillerymen as well as gripping accounts of the battles. The hardships they endured were often as much due to logistic failures as to enemy action or the harsh climate in the Peninsula, and they are often frank in their opinions of poor management by their seniors.

In particular, Lipscombe has brought to light the difficult relationship between Wellington and his Gunners. This element of the campaign has long been a bone of contention, not least because so few historians have delved deeply enough to understand the depth of hurt among the Gunners who had helped him to victory. The gap that opened between the two sides reveals an aspect of the commander that does him little credit. His negative attitude is explained, but he clearly failed to differentiate between the failures of the Board of Ordnance and the splendid performance of the Gunners who supported him in the field, a failure which shows a lack of humanity as well as a deficiency in man-management.

The book is packed with information which can only be obtained elsewhere by extensive reading and patient research. Lipscombe's bibliography is impressive and there is no other book on this subject which equals its depth of material. The book has 456 pages, complete with footnotes, maps, illustrations and an index. It is printed in a rather small font size, suggesting that he would have liked to write more but was limited by space. Nonetheless, it makes fascinating reading and I strongly recommend it, not only for historians but for all members of the Regiment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, 27 Feb 2014
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At last a book that covers the artillery during the Napoleonic wars. Most other Napoleonic titles tend to ignore the roll played by the gunners and focus more on the foot regiments and cavalry. My ancestor was a gunner in Roger's company at Waterloo and Quatre Bras as well as earlier campaigns. This book really has been an eye opener, giving me so much more information than I've ever been able to gather before. Fantastic read!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clear and eminently readable account - start here to understand the Peninsular War., 19 April 2014
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Nick Lipscombe, an experienced former Gunner officer, takes the reader on a clear journey through the travails of the Artillery under Wellington. He avoids the tendency of the professional soldiers of the past to demonstrate obscure knowledge of the minutiae of unit movements through out the campaigns, but does provide a comprehensive guide to Artillery involvement in the major stepping stones of Wellington's career - and explains why Wellington was lax in acknowledging his dues to the Royal Regiment. There is no need for the non-Gunner to fear that the book will be full of tompions and traces - the accounts are free of technical byways, and so the reader sees the whole picture of the development of each phase of the campaigns, albeit mainly from the eyes of the Gunners who were there.

The author's scholarship is apparent, but worn lightly. He writes well, and I have greatly enjoyed learning about an era that I had only a passing acquaintance with.
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