The Peninsular War was a savage war fought as part of the Napoleonic Wars that convulsed Europe for more than a decade. They saw set piece battles, guerrilla campaigns, sieges and every form of warfare known to the early 19th century.
The Peninsular War began when the citizens of Madrid rebelled against the rule of a new French king imposed on them by the French Emperor Napoleon. The fighting spread rapidly across Spain, drawing in more and more French forces. Meanwhile, Britain sent an army to aid her old ally Portugal in fighting the French. The British, Spanish and Portuguese armies joined together in a loose alliance against the French that saw almost as much friction between themselves as action against the French.
When British commander Arthur Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington) arrived to take over the British army he set about forging good relations with his allies and began a cautious policy of advance and consolidate that not only drove the French out of the Iberian Peninsula but also established his reputation as one of history’s finest commanders.
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 profiles of the main commanders, analysis of tactics and weapons and detailed studies of the main battles as well as following the course of the war as a whole.
This book forms part of the Bretwalda Battles series which features numerous battles.
Chapter 1 - The Peninsular War in Outline
Chapter 2 - The Commanders :
Chapter 3 - Weapons, Soldiers and Tactics
Chapter 4 - The French Army
Chapter 5 - The Spanish Army
Chapter 6 - The British Army
Chapter 7 - The Portuguese Army
Chapter 8 - The Battles :
About the Author
Oliver Hayes is a military historian who has written extensively for books and magazines on different aspects of the military. He is now writing a series of books on the Peninsular War for Bretwalda Books.