Inside Wellington's Peninsular Army: 1808-1814

Robert Burnham, Ron McGuigan, Howie Muir, Rory Muir

Date Published :
December 2014
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
70 Illustrations
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473827615
Pages : 336
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Out of stock


The British army reached the apogee of its success in the war against Napoleon, and in particular in the famous campaigns in the Peninsula, while under Wellington's command. Yet many aspects of how it achieved its victories have been ignored. This book breaks new ground in a series of meticulous studies which reveal the hidden mechanisms that lie behind triumphs such as Salamanca and Vitoria. At the same time it places Wellington's campaigns in their strategic context and explains how he achieved his success.

The principles underlying the organization of Wellington's army are uncovered in a penetrating analysis. His key subordinates are given the attention they deserve, and there is an authoritative explanation of the importance of rank and seniority. Fascinating studies of bridging operations and the role of reconnaissance are included, and an invaluable appendix lists the titles of hundreds of firsthand accounts by British soldiers.

About The Author

Having had numerous articles published on the Peninsular War and the British Army, the renowned historian and author Robert Burnham hosts the pre-eminent Napoleonic website, the Napoleon Series. This fascinating and all-embracing website, the largest of its kind, is a ‘must’ for anyone interested in the Napoleonic era.


"This fine collaborative effort is the work of four historians … As Bob Burnham explains in his brief introduction, all four had been working on different aspects of the Peninsular army and decided to combine their separate efforts into a joint publication. Their objective was to explain "what was so special about Wellington and his army" and why it was consistently victorious during the five years the Peninsular campaign lasted. The result is an excellent book that should be in the libraries of all serious students of the Peninsular War."

- The Napoleon Series

"All the chapters offer similar nuts-and-bolts particulars about the army's structure and activity with a pronounced emphasis on details that will please the professional historian and the military enthusiast alike.…In all, this is an entertaining, well-researched, and interesting look into many of the inner workings of what became the largest British army on active operations in its history to (that) date."

- Journal of Military History

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