The Battles of the Pyrenees 1813-14Author: Oliver Hayes
By the summer of 1813 the Peninsular War had reached a crisis. The British army under Wellington was poised to invade France, but he was faced by the towering Pyrenees mountains and the cunning French Marshal Soult. What followed was a classic campaign of mountain fighting.
The British, Portuguese and Spanish armies of Lord Wellington had defeated the French in Spain and were poised to invade France itself. They mustered about 62,000 men, but on the far side of the mountains was French Marshal Soult with 79,000 men.
What followed was a complex series of actions, countermarches and manoeuvres that saw the two armies thrust and parry among the mountain passes and defiles. Men froze on the heights, horses starved for lack of fodder, and yet the fighting went on. It was one of Wellington’s most arduous and prolonged campaigns.
Written by a military author of great experience, this book explains the way battles were fought two centuries ago and explains the course of the action in an accessible but authoritative style.
This lavishly illustrated ebook is a must for anyone interested in the Peninsular War. It includes not only an account of the action itself, but studies of the commanders, the armies, the weapons and the tactics as well.