The Lines of Torres Vedras

The Cornerstone of Wellington’s Strategy in the Peninsular War 1809-12

John Grehan

In 1809 French armies controlled almost every province of Spain and only Wellington's small force in Portugal stood between Napoleon and the conquest of Iberia. The French invaded Portugal in the summer of 1810 but found their way blocked by the most extensive field fortifications the world had ever seen - the Lines of Torres Vedras. This is an aut
Date Published :
January 2016
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Language:
English
Series :
Napoleonic Library
Illustration :
b&w plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781473852747
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.21 X 6.14 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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In 1809 French armies controlled almost every province of Spain and only Wellington’s small force in Portugal stood between Napoleon and the conquest of Iberia.

The French invaded Portugal in the summer of 1810 but found their way blocked by the most extensive field fortifications the world had ever seen – the Lines of Torres Vedras. Unable to penetrate the Lines, the French were driven back into Spain having suffered the heaviest defeat yet experienced by Napoleon’s armies. The retreat from Portugal marked the turning point in the Peninsular War and, from the security of the Lines, Wellington was able to mount the offensive campaigns that swept France’s Imperial armies back across the Pyrenees.

The Lines of Torres Vedras is an authoritative account of the planning, construction and occupation of the Lines and of the battles, sieges and horrors of the French invasion. It is also an important study of Wellington’s strategy during the crucial years of the war against Napoleon.

‘This is a well-researched, well-written, closely argued and fascinating contribution to the historiography of the Peninsular War.’ The Spectator

‘Essential reading for every Peninsula enthusiast, this is recommended highly.’ Military Illustrated

About The Author
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Captain Graeme Chamley Wynne was born in 1889. He was commissioned into the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in 1907. Climbing through the ranks, he was serving in the 2nd Battalion at the outbreak of war in 1914. As part of the British Expeditionary Force he was captured by the Germans at Le Cateau on 26 August 1914. Wynne was employed by the Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence (later the Historical Section, Cabinet Office) between 1918 and 1956. It was in this role that he completed the report published in this book on 19 May 1948.

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