Wellington Against Soult

The Second Invasion of Portugal 1809

David Buttery

* Detailed, graphic reconstruction of the 1809 campaign in Portugal

* Reassessment of two remarkable soldiers: Wellesley and Soult

* Vivid account of the seizure of Porto and the French retreat

* Reconsiders the impact of the campaign on the outcome of the Peninsular War

* Features a guide to touring the battlefields
Date Published :
July 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
30 illustrations
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ISBN : 9781473821439
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
In stock


At the heart of David Buttery’s third book on the Peninsular War lies the comparison between two great commanders of enormous experience and reputation – Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, and Jean de Dieu Soult. In Soult, Wellesley met one of his most formidable opponents and they confronted each other during one of the most remarkable, and neglected, of the Peninsular campaigns. Soult’s invasion of Portugal is rarely studied in great depth and, likewise, the offensive Wellesley launched, which defeated and expelled the French, has also received scant coverage. As well as giving a fresh insight into the contrasting characters of the two generals, the narrative offers a gripping and detailed, reconstruction of the organization and experience of a military campaign 200 years ago.

About The Author

David Buttery has established a reputation as a leading historian of nineteenth-century British military history and he has made a particular study of the Napoleonic and Crimean Wars. He has worked as a tour guide for several companies and has led tours of the Waterloo campaign battlefields. His most recent books are Wellington Against Massena: The Third Invasion of Portugal 1810-1811, Messenger of Death: Captain Nolan and the Charge of the Light Brigade, Wellington Against Junot: The First Invasion of Portugal 1807-1808 and Wellington Against Soult: The Second Invasion of Portugal 1809.

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