The Peninsular War: A Battlefield Guide (Battleground) Hardcover – 21 May 2009
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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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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.
Photographs of the battle sites in the tradition of Jac Weller are useful - some of Weller's sadly can't be replicated today because of modern development - and in that respect it is true that the book is a little better than nothing, but if you are considering exploring these sites you will do far better investing in the various Ospreys on the Peninsular campaigns and drawing information from the web. Oh dear oh dear, this item could and should have been so much better!
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