On the Road With Wellington

Diary of a War Commissary in the Peninsular Campaign

A.F.L. Schaumann

Date Published :
November 2015
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Series :
The Napoleonic Library
Illustration :
16 pages of b/w plates
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526781970
Pages : 448
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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‘August Schaumann was a natural born storyteller. He describes his Peninsula adventures so vividly that you get the feeling that you are there, riding next to him dodging French cavalry patrols and conquering the hearts and bodies of Spanish and Portuguese ladies.' - Fons Libert, The Napoleonic Series

This remarkable memoir captures the life and adventures of a junior officer as he endures the drama and agonies of the fierce struggle in Spain, Portugal, and southern France between 1808 and 1814.

As a commissary, he was entrusted with gathering supplies and was caught up in
a host of brawls and skirmishes. He laments the lot of commissaries exposing themselves to the enemy on their foraging raids, risking assassination by enraged natives, and being treated shabbily by the generals.

This edition is introduced by Bernard Cornwell, author of the Sharpe series of novels and TV films.

About The Author

SCHAUMANN was born in Hanover and at the age of 16 he was compelled to join the army against his will, but he eventually rose through the ranks to the rank of junior-subaltern, though he left the Hanoverian Army in 1799. When France invaded Hanover in 1803 Schaumann went to England where he was employed as a clerk at a Newcastle firm. In 1807 he decided to move to Russia. He never made it there because heavy storms forced him to take refuge in Goteborg, Sweden. Here too he found a brief employment as a clerk. When the English fleet sailed back to England after its Swedish expedition in 1808 August he boarded one of its ships and was taken to England to start a new career as war commissary in the King's German Legion.

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