To War with Wellington

To War with Wellington: From the Peninsula to Waterloo

History , British History, 19th Century Britain
Paperback Published on: 12/05/2011
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Synopsis

The seven-year campaign that saved Europe from Napoleon told by those who were there.

What made Arthur Duke of Wellington the military genius who was never defeated in battle? In the vivid narrative style that is his trademark, Peter Snow recalls how Wellington evolved from a backward, sensitive schoolboy into the aloof but brilliant commander. He tracks the development of Wellington's leadership and his relationship with the extraordinary band of men he led from Portugal in 1808 to their final destruction of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo seven years. Having described his soldiers as the 'scum of the earth' Wellington transformed them into the finest fighting force of their time.

Digging deep into the rich treasure house of diaries and journals that make this war the first in history to be so well recorded, Snow examines how Wellington won the devotion of generals such as the irascible Thomas Picton and the starry but reckless 'Black Bob' Crauford and soldiers like Rifleman Benjamin Harris and Irishman Ned Costello. Through many first-hand accounts, Snow brings to life the horrors and all of the humanity of life in and out of battle, as well as shows the way that Wellington mastered the battlefield to outsmart the French and change the future of Europe.

To War with Wellington is the gripping account of a very human story about a remarkable leader and his men.

  • Publisher: John Murray Press
  • ISBN: 9781848541047
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 300g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 28 mm

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To War with Wellington
Wellington boots out the French
This is an easy to read though possibly a little rose-tinted account of Britains ablest commander. While not containing Too many new insights into the man,... READ MORE
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