The Peninsular War, 1807-1814: A Concise Military History by Michael Glover soon to be presented for sale on the gleaming BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1974, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates; Maps;
From the cover: Histories of the Peninsular War vary between the potted fact-finders intended to cram young officers into Staff College and Sir Charles Omans monumental work in seven volumes. This book seeks to give the basic skeleton of facts and to clothe it with first hand accounts of what it was like to march and fight, to eat and be wounded, to command and be commanded at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Particular stress is laid on the technological limitations of warfare at a time when the principal weapon was wildly inaccurate at a range greater than a ball could be thrown and when all movement was limited to the pace of a heavily laden infantryman moving across country. Concentrating, of necessity, on the decisive struggle between the French and British armies, the author displays a remarkable ability to combine historical accuracy with a flair for bringing alive the people and events involved in this seven-year conflict, and whenever possible the story is told in the words of those who took part in the battles and marches. These vary from the letters of Lord Wellington and King Joseph Bonaparte to those of private riflemen and sergeants of dragoons.
Michael Glover is a recognised authority on Wellington and his period. His narrative account catches the excitement and agony of battle; together with the numerous battle plans, maps and photographs, it provides an overall conspectus of a complex but fascinating campaign that has never before been achieved in concise form for the general reader and student of history alike.
–Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 431 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8¾” x 5¾”.