Salamanca 1812

Wellington’s Year of Victories

Peter J. Edwards

1812 was the year in which the Peninsular War swung in the favor of the combined forces of the British, the Spanish and the Portuguese. The Battle of Salamanca, on 22 July, saw some 50,000 French troops arrayed against a similar number of allies. This was the result of a series of victories over the French gained by the allied armies under Wellingt
Date Published :
June 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 b/w
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781781590799
Pages : 384
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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1812 was the year in which the Peninsular War swung in the favor of the combined forces of the British, the Spanish and the Portuguese. This was the result of a series of victories over the French gained by the allied armies under Wellington, and this is the subject of Peter Edwards’s compelling new history.

The year began with Wellington launching a series of raids in Estramadura to distract French attention from preparations for an assault on Ciudad Rodrigo, which was taken in late-January. There followed the capture of Badajoz and the advance on Salamanca, which was captured after a ten-day siege.

The Battle of Salamanca, on 22 July, saw some 50,000 French troops arrayed against a similar number of allies. Using ground astutely, Wellington gained a crushing victory, inflicting over 14,000 French casualties. Although there was a rebuff at Burgos later in the year, Wellington’s forces were firmly on the march to victory in the Iberian Peninsula.

Peter Edwards uses an excellent range of sources to bring to life this pivotal year in the Peninsular War. His work offers a fascinating insight into the strategy, the command decisions and the experience of combat 200 years ago.

About The Author
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Peter Edwards served in the RAF from 1945 and later became a school teacher. He maintained a life-long passion for military history and has had numerous magazine articles published.

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