The Peninsula Years: Britains Red Coats in Spain & Portugal Donald Sidney Richards

ISBN: 9780850529197

Published: Under the Auspices of the Near Eastern History Group, Oxford, the Near East Center, University class=bookCoverImage itemprop=image src=http://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/photo.goodreads.com/nophoto/book/111x148._SX87_SY87_.png title=Islamic Civilisation, 950-1150

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The Peninsula Years: Britains Red Coats in Spain & Portugal  by  Donald Sidney Richards

The Peninsula Years: Britains Red Coats in Spain & Portugal by Donald Sidney Richards
Under the Auspices of the Near Eastern History Group, Oxford, the Near East Center, University class=bookCoverImage itemprop=image src=http://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/photo.goodreads.com/nophoto/book/111x148._SX87_SY87_.png title=Islamic Civilisation, 950-1150 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 224 pages | ISBN: 9780850529197 | 10.13 Mb

The Peninsular Campaign was conducted over terrain ranging from the sun scorched plains of Andalusia to the picturesque snow covered passes of the Pyrenees. Drawing on the experiences and observations of fifty-six officers and men who fought duringMoreThe Peninsular Campaign was conducted over terrain ranging from the sun scorched plains of Andalusia to the picturesque snow covered passes of the Pyrenees. Drawing on the experiences and observations of fifty-six officers and men who fought during the years 1808 to 1814, The Peninsula Years is a thrilling and fast moving narrative of the bloody campaigns in the Iberian Peninsula, as well as showing insight into the everyday hardships common to the ordinary British redcoat.

The contrary nature of the infantryman of that time is effectively illustrated in the long and arduous retreat to Corunna with its accompanying scenes of drunken and licentious behavior yet, when the occasion called for it, he was capable of outstanding feats of suicidal bravery as demonstrated at Albuera or in the murderous assault against BadajozWellington may have referred to the men under his command as scum, but without their fortitude, bravery and endurance he knew that Spain would never have been swept clean of Frances elite divisions, thus paving the way for Napoleons eventual downfall and defeat.



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