Salamanca, 1812

Rory Muir


Salamanca, 1812

Salamanca, 1812

  • Title: Salamanca, 1812
  • Author: Rory Muir
  • ISBN: 9780300087192
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Hardcover



July 22, 1812 Salamanca, Spain Frustrated at their first advance, British forces under Wellington s command have spent the last four days manoeuvering and retreating from the French army Patient and cautious, Wellington is determined not to make a fatal mistake He glimpses a moment of opportunity and grasps it, committing all of his troops to a sudden devastating attacJuly 22, 1812 Salamanca, Spain Frustrated at their first advance, British forces under Wellington s command have spent the last four days manoeuvering and retreating from the French army Patient and cautious, Wellington is determined not to make a fatal mistake He glimpses a moment of opportunity and grasps it, committing all of his troops to a sudden devastating attack At the end of the day, the French army is broken, panic stricken and reeling Wellington has achieved the finest victory of his brilliant military career This book examines in unprecedented detail the battle of Salamanca, the critical British victory that proved crushing to French pride and morale during the Peninsular War 1808 1814 Focusing on the day of the battle, Rory Muir skilfully conveys the experience of ordinary soldiers on both sides, dissects each phase of the fighting, and explores the crucial decisions made by each commander He employs wide ranging British and French sources, many unpublished or deeply obscure, to reconstruct every aspect of the battle Having walked the battlefield itself, a site which remains today much as it was in 1812, Muir relates the ebb and flow of the battle with part


Recent Comments "Salamanca, 1812"

Rory Muir's new title in the field of Napoleonic history, Salamanca 1812, is another one of his brilliant efforts. After his previous two books, Britain and the Defeat of Napoleon (which won the best book of the year award of the International Napoleonic Society) and Tactics and the Experience of Battle in the Age of Napoleon, its good to see that he has returned with another great Napoleonic title.This account, which covers one of the great battles of the Peninsular War, provides the reader wit [...]

The new standard for great Battle analysis! Explores and explains all the contentious issues and sorts out what really happened. This is how historians should operate

An excellent book about about one of Wellington' s Peninsular battles. I had never read much about the Spanish battles because I prefer the Portuguese campaigns, but I found this book to be of great interest. The maps are good, and the narrative easy to follow. I wish now that I had spent more time in the Salamanca area when I had the chance. 4.5 stars


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