Voices from the peninsula: eyewitness accounts by soldiers of Wellington's army, 1808-1814

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Greenhill Books, Oct 1, 2001 - History - 303 pages
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The Peninsular War was one of the most successful campaigns ever fought by the British Army. Between 1808, when British troops landed in Portugal, and 1814, when Wellington's Army advanced into the south of France, British soldiers were involved in countless battles and sieges against Napoleon's vaunted French veterans. Drawing on rare letters, diaries and memoirs, Ian Fletcher presents a superb insight into the daily lives of British soldiers in this momentous period and evokes such key battles and sieges as Vimiero, Talavera, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vittoria and San Sebastian. Ian Fletcher's skillful compilation of accounts, placed in context by important background detail, make this the story of the Peninsular War in the words of the men who marched, fought and triumphed with Wellington. Although there have been many accounts of soldiering in Wellington's army, Voices from the Peninsula throws new light on the experience of Napoleonic warfare and brings to life what Wellington called 'the finest military machine in existence'.

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Contents

Introduction
5
The Peninsular War
9
Rolica and Vimeiro
13
Copyright

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Gabriel Moss QC studied Law at St Catherine's College, Oxford, graduating in 1971. He was called to the Bar in 1974 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 1989. In 1998 he was elected a Bencher of Lincoln's Inn and was authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2001. He is a practising barrister
specialising in business and financial law, and in particular insolvency and commercial/company matters. Gabriel Moss has written widely on insolvency and sits on several editorial advisory boards on the subject. Stuart Isaacs QC was educated at The Haberdashers' Aske's School and Downing College,
Cambridge. He graduated with a Double First in 1974 and was called to the Bar in 1975. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1991, an Assistant Recorder in 1992, and a Recorder in 1997. In 1999 he was elected a Bencher of Lincoln's Inn. Stuart Isaacs has practised in the fields of EU and commercial
law and advises various public bodies and organisations on a standing basis on EU law matters. Professor Ian Fletcher was appointed to the Chair of Herbert Smith Professor of International Commercial Law at University College London in January 2001. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and was
called to the Bar in 1971. He currently practises from South Square Chambers. Professor Fletcher's principal research interests are in the fields of Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law, EC Law, Conflict of Laws and Comparative Law. He has written widely in these areas and sits on the editorial boards of
several law journals.

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