The Peninsular war was not only one of the great periods in British military history, it was also a war in which guerillas exerted a major influence, and as such, has continued relevance today. Salamanca established Wellington as one of the great military commanders of any age and it is one of the battles which produced significant results. As well as the battle the campaign contains two of the most memorable sieges ever under-taken by British arms, those of Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz. This book, originally published in 1972, uses eye-witness accounts with the result that the reader can hear the principal characters explain their actions and see the battlefield through the eyes of the men who were there.
Table of Contents
1. The Situation at the End of 1811 2. British Generals – Wellington, Le Marchant, Pakenham 3. Regimental Officers – Grattan, Leith Hay, Harry Smith 4. The Campaign Begins – Ciudad Rodgrigo 5. Badajoz 6. Return to the North, the Raid on Almaraz 7. The Capture of Salamanca and the Advance to the Duero 8. The Withdrawal from the Duero 9. July 22nd – The Morning 10. The Afternoon 11. Early Evening 12. Evening and Nightfall 13. The Aftermath 14. The Strategy and Tactics 15. The Army of Portugal – The Generals. Appendices: 1. Wellington’s Army at Salamanca 2. Marmont’s Army at Salamanca 3. The Allied Artillery 4. Diary of the Siege of Ciudad Rodrigo.