The Spanish Ulcer

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Download or read book The Spanish Ulcer written by David Gates and published by . This book was released on 1986 with total page 557 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

The Spanish Ulcer

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Download or read book The Spanish Ulcer written by David Gates and published by . This book was released on 2002-07-31 with total page 572 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: By July 1807 Napoleon dominated most of Europe, the only gap in his continental system was the Iberian Peninsula. This text provides a history of the savage war which Napoleon considered insignificant, yet which ended in defeat for the French.

The Napoleonic Wars 1803-1815

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ISBN : 1446448762
Pages : 336 pages
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Download or read book The Napoleonic Wars 1803-1815 written by David Gates and published by Random House. This book was released on 2011-06-08 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Known collectively as the 'Great War', for over a decade the Napoleonic Wars engulfed not only a whole continent but also the overseas possessions of the leading European states. A war of unprecedented scale and intensity, it was in many ways a product of change that acted as a catalyst for upheaval and reform across much of Europe, with aspects of its legacy lingering to this very day. There is a mass of literature on Napoleon and his times, yet there are only a handful of scholarly works that seek to cover the Napoleonic Wars in their entirety, and fewer still that place the conflict in any broader framework. This study redresses the balance. Drawing on recent findings and applying a 'total' history approach, it explores the causes and effects of the conflict, and places it in the context of the evolution of modern warfare. It reappraises the most significant and controversial military ventures, including the war at sea and Napoleon's campaigns of 1805-9. The study gives an insight into the factors that shaped the war, setting the struggle in its wider economic, cultural, political and intellectual dimensions.

History Of The War In The Peninsular And In The South Of France, From The Year 1807 To The Year 1814 –

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ISBN : 1908902213
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Download or read book History Of The War In The Peninsular And In The South Of France, From The Year 1807 To The Year 1814 – written by General William Francis Patrick Napier K.C.B. and published by Pickle Partners Publishing. This book was released on 2011-07-15 with total page 532 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A masterful, epic account of the Spanish Ulcer that drained Napoleon's resources and played a pivotal role in the end of his domination of Europe. The author served with distinction in the actions of the Light Division, such as the epic march to Talavera, the battles of Fuentes d’Oñoro, Salamanca, Nivelle, Orthes and Toulouse. He left the service a General and Knight Commander of the Order of Bath. Napier’s History would rank as the most important history to be written by an actual participant, and was as controversial with his countrymen as amoung his contemporaries on the Continent. In this fourth volume (end-1811 to December 1812), covers the major Anglo-Portuguese offensive of 1812, whilst Napoleon embarks on his disastrous campaign to Russia, Wellington struck into mainland Spain. Although hampered by numerous supply issues, not least caused by the Spanish government or lack thereof, Wellington drove through the southern corridor between Portugal and Spain, taking the key fortresses of Cuidad Rodrigo and Badajoz. The last siege was a particularly bloody affair and cost Wellington a great many soldiers ending in an infamous orgy of lotting. Wellington manoeuvred to keep his prizes whilst Marmont with a similarly sized French army sought to cut him off from Portugal. These movement culminated in the battle of Salamanca, which was described at the time by a French officer, as the 'beating of forty thousand men in forty minutes.'. It was a masterpiece of timing and skill, and is widely regarded as Wellington’s masterpiece. Despite all of the favourable items in the Allies favour, the concentration of the French armies led to the abandonment of Madrid after a brief period of occupation by Wellington’s troops, and the futile attempt to lay siege to Burgos. The Spanish and Anglo-Sicilian attempts in the eastern provinces ended in failure and in some cases ignominy. Much further fighting lay ahead before the French would be ejected from the Peninsular.

The Napoleonic Wars (3)

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ISBN : 1472809750
Pages : 96 pages
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Download or read book The Napoleonic Wars (3) written by Gregory Fremont-Barnes and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2014-06-06 with total page 96 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Napoleon's occupation of the Iberian peninsula embroiled him in a protracted and costly war against British, Spanish and Portuguese forces ultimately led by one of history's greatest commanders -- the Duke of Wellington. Yet it also introduced a new dimension to warfare, for Napoleon's 'Spanish ulcer' became a bitter seven-year struggle against peoples inflamed by nationalism. Thus, while Wellington achieved successive victories in open battle, a parallel guerrilla war exacted a heavy toll of its own on the invaders. No mere sideshow to the other campaigns of the period, the Peninsular War made a significant contribution to Napoleon's eventual downfall.

The Napoleonic Wars

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ISBN : 9781472895479
Pages : 92 pages
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Download or read book The Napoleonic Wars written by Gregory Fremont-Barnes and published by . This book was released on 2002 with total page 92 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "Napoleon's occupation of the Iberian peninsula embroiled him in a protracted and costly war against British, Spanish and Portuguese forces ultimately led by one of history's greatest commanders - the Duke of Wellington. Yet it also introduced a new dimension to warfare, for Napoleon's 'Spanish ulcer' became a bitter seven-year struggle against peoples inflamed by nationalism. Thus, while Wellington achieved successive victories in open battle, a parallel guerrilla war exacted a heavy toll of its own on the invaders. No mere sideshow to the other campaigns of the period, the Peninsular War made a significant contribution to Napoleon's eventual downfall."--Bloomsbury Publishing.

A Second Center of Peninsular Gravity: Wellington's Rescue of Cadiz in 1810

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Download or read book A Second Center of Peninsular Gravity: Wellington's Rescue of Cadiz in 1810 written by James Herson and published by . This book was released on 1997 with total page 70 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Napoleon Bonaparte lost over 300,000 men in the Therian Peninsula combating the British Army and Navy, along with their Spanish and Portuguese allies, in the savage conventional and unconventional Peninsular War. This very important sub-theater of the Napoleonic Wars set the pre-conditions for the eventual defeat of the First French Empire. The Peninsular War served as a source of strategic consumption for the Grande Armee. Many scholars consider this significant loss of irreplaceable French combat power as an important contributing factor in Napoleon's defeat in Russia in 1812. It is my opinion that the successful allied defense of Cadiz served as a focal point for rising Spanish nationalism and exacerbated the effects of the 'Spanish ulcer' whose passionate resistance so debilitated the French Army. This rebuilding of recognized Spanish resistance against the French gave the Duke of Wellington a complementary center of gravity for allied civil and military resistance outside of Lisbon within the Therian Peninsula. This joint and combined military operation is unique in the annals of the Peninsular War. Outside of the British Isles, Cadiz was the only belligerent national capital city, stretching from frigid Moscow to semi-tropical Lisbon, that did not fall at some point to the Grande Armee. The age old rhetorical question, how does a shark which is supreme within its element of water, fight a tiger, which is conversely supreme on land? When using this analogy of comparing the combative prowess of the British Navy against the Grande Armee, the principal geographical forum which enabled the two military predators to pit their respective strengths against one another was the Spanish revolutionary capital of Cadiz on the Island of Leon.

History of the War in the Peninsula, under Napoleon -

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ISBN : 1782890033
Pages : 209 pages
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Download or read book History of the War in the Peninsula, under Napoleon - written by Général de Division Comte Maximilien Foy and published by Pickle Partners Publishing. This book was released on 2013-02-18 with total page 209 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: General Maximilien Foy was a renowned and experienced French general with a long and distinguished career. An artilleryman like his master Napoleon, he fulfilled his duty to France despite disagreeing with Napoleon, and fought across Europe from Switzerland, Germany, Portugal and Spain. He spent a major part of his career fighting in the Peninsular armies at Busaco and with Masséna in Portugal. His military career came to an end after heroic fighting at Waterloo in 1815, after which he became involved in politics and writing. Foy set about writing a history of the Peninsular War, which had been covered in great detail by British and Spanish writers but not so well by those of France. Although his untimely death in 1825 cut short his endeavour to two books, they are a valuable addition to the literature on the period, filling the gap of a French perspective on the bloody “Spanish Ulcer”. Author — Général de Division Comte Maximilien Foy, 1775-1825. Editor —Comtesse Élisabeth Augustine (née Daniels) Foy Text taken, whole and complete, from the edition published in 1827, London, by Treuttel and Würtz Original Page Count – xv and pages. Illustrations — 1 Facsimile.

History

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Download or read book History written by and published by . This book was released on 1987 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Conqueror And Administrator:

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Download or read book Conqueror And Administrator: written by Major Jean-Philippe Rollet and published by Pickle Partners Publishing. This book was released on 2015-11-06 with total page 59 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: During the Peninsular War in Spain from 1808 to 1813, Marshal Suchet not only successfully fought the Spanish “Guerillas” but he also skilfully administrated the province of Aragon. He made it a relatively safe and prosperous place for his troops, while the rest of Spain became a nightmarish quagmire for the French occupiers. In early 1808, Napoleon, under the pretext of a dispute between the Spanish King Charles IV and his son Ferdinand, invaded Spain. His troops were at first greeted as liberators by the populace, who wanted to be rid of King Charles’ Prime Minister Manuel de Godoy. As it became clearer that Napoleon’s intentions were to take control of the Spanish kingdom and to crown his own brother, Joseph, as King, the people of Spain revolted. Appointed the governor of the insurgency-troubled province of Aragon after he had seized its main cities, Marshall Suchet skilfully adopted a balanced policy mixing strong military action and economic reforms to regenerate the local economy. He also adopted political measures aimed at restoring the appearance of a Spanish sovereignty. At the operational level, Suchet restored the discipline of III Corps and developed a network of strong places that ensured a French armed presence throughout the region while relying on highly mobile autonomous units to chase the guerrillas in their strongholds. An astute economist, he succeeded in developing the local economy, while also establishing a mutual beneficial relationship between his troops and the populace. Politically and culturally aware of the Spanish situation, he utilized the specificities of the Aragonese people to thwart the influence of the guerrilla leaders. He eventually established a flexible policy based on a mix of benevolence and coercion. During his administration, Aragon remained a relatively safe place, with a sustainable economy and, above all, one where the French soldiers and the population could mix and establish contacts.

Adventures of a Soldier

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Download or read book Adventures of a Soldier written by Edward Costello and published by . This book was released on 2020-11-25 with total page 236 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: For over twenty years France and Napoleon had been at war with the rest of Europe. The only thing that stood in their way were the forces of Great Britain. By 1815 peace had returned, France had been restrained, and Napoleon was in exile.From his prison island on St. Helena, the once great Napoleon would write that the 'Spanish Ulcer' was the main reason for the downfall of his empire. The backbone of that ulcer was Lord Wellington's peninsular army.At times Wellington would describe them as the 'scum of the earth', but in truth he knew them to be the premier fighting force in the whole of Europe. And the cream of the crop in Wellington's army were the 95th Rifles.Born in Ireland, Edward Costello enlisted as a private and rose through the ranks to become an officer in the British Legion. Witnessing much of the war for the Iberian peninsula and taking part in the Waterloo campaign in Belgium, Costello observed and survived some of the bloodiest battles of the war.This is the story of the army that brought low the greatest military genius in European history as told through the eyes of a ranker of the 95th Rifles, Edward Costello.

The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare

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ISBN : 9780521738064
Pages : 440 pages
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Download or read book The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare written by Geoffrey Parker and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2008-09-29 with total page 440 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Now available in a revised and updated version, this book examines Western warfare from antiquity to the present day.

Life Of Napoleon —

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ISBN : 1782890165
Pages : 303 pages
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Download or read book Life Of Napoleon — written by General Baron Antoine Henri de Jomini and published by Pickle Partners Publishing. This book was released on 2013-02-25 with total page 303 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The life of Napoleon is etched still across the history of Europe, in the wars he waged, the dynasties that he toppled, and the laws he enacted. Even in an epoch rich in social change, from the bottom up he remains a fascinating figure; biographers face the challenge of doing justice to such a multi-faceted character. Few can have been said to have access to the Emperor as much as the generals that served under him throughout his many campaigns; General Jomini spent many year serving the Emperor and many more in the company of some of his enemies putting him in an excellent position to write his biography. Written as if by Napoleon himself, Jomini traces Napoleon’s political and military successes and failures, weaving them into a seamless narrative that makes his work one of the few rounded biographies of Napoleon. This third volume covers the campaigns of Wagram, the continuing Spanish Ulcer and the beginnings of the Russian campaign in 1812. Of the Author — General Jomini saw much service during the Napoleonic Wars, initially working in staff positions for Marshal Ney prior to being attached to the Emperor’s own headquarters during the 1806 and 1807 campaigns. He was pushed out of the Grande Armée into the arms of the Russian service in 1813, becoming aide-de-camp to the Tzar. He was famous for his copious output of works on the military theory and strategy employed during the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and even those of Frederick the Great. He is often remembered for his chef d’œuvre, the “Art of War”, and has been dubbed the “founder of modern strategy” by historian John Shy. Author — General Baron Antoine Henri de Jomini (1779-1869) Translator — General H. W. Halleck (1815-1872)

In Nelson's Wake

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ISBN : 0300217323
Pages : 440 pages
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Download or read book In Nelson's Wake written by James Davey and published by Yale University Press. This book was released on 2016-03-17 with total page 440 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Horatio Nelson’s celebrated victory over the French at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 presented Britain with an unprecedented command of the seas. Yet the Royal Navy’s role in the struggle against Napoleonic France was far from over. This groundbreaking book asserts that, contrary to the accepted notion that the Battle of Trafalgar essentially completed the Navy’s task, the war at sea actually intensified over the next decade, ceasing only with Napoleon’s final surrender. In this dramatic account of naval contributions between 1803 and 1815, James Davey offers original and exciting insights into the Napoleonic wars and Britain’s maritime history. Encompassing Trafalgar, the Peninsular War, the War of 1812, the final campaign against Napoleon, and many lesser known but likewise crucial moments, the book sheds light on the experiences of individuals high and low, from admiral and captain to sailor and cabin boy. The cast of characters also includes others from across Britain—dockyard workers, politicians, civilians—who made fundamental contributions to the war effort, and in so doing, both saved the nation and shaped Britain’s history.

The Soldiers Whom Wellington Led; Deeds Of Daring, Chivalry, And Renown

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ISBN : 1908692944
Pages : 319 pages
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Download or read book The Soldiers Whom Wellington Led; Deeds Of Daring, Chivalry, And Renown written by Edward Fraser and published by Pickle Partners Publishing. This book was released on 2011-08-17 with total page 319 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Edward Fraser contributed a number of works on the Napoleonic period ranging from the Eagle-bearers of Napoleon to the sailors of the fleets of Nelson, Gravina and Villeneuve at Trafalgar, this volume focuses on the exploits of the soldiers who fought under Wellington in the Peninsular War between 1808 and 1814. Artfully interwoven into a short history of the war itself, Fraser focuses on the many daring and brave exploits of the British soldiers, and their Portuguese and Spanish allies during a conflict that was described by Napoleon as the “Spanish Ulcer”. Ranging from the passage of the Douro in 1809 to the battle of Vittoria in 1814 the epic deeds are recounted in detail using the eye-witness accounts that survived; Talavera, Salamanca, Garcia Hernadez and the sieges of Badajoz and Cuidad Rodrigo are vivid colour. A pacy, account of hard-fighting against the veteran and gallant armies of Napoleon. Illustrations – 12 – all included Maps – 5 – all included

Adventures of a Soldier

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ISBN : 9780995074729
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Download or read book Adventures of a Soldier written by Edward Costello and published by . This book was released on 2018-02-24 with total page 340 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: For over twenty years France and Napoleon had been at war with the rest of Europe. The only thing that stood in their way were the forces of Great Britain. By 1815 peace had returned, France had been restrained, and Napoleon was in exile. From his prison island on St. Helena, the once great Napoleon would write that the 'Spanish Ulcer' was the main reason for the downfall of his empire. The backbone of that ulcer was Lord Wellington's peninsular army. At times Wellington would describe them as the 'scum of the earth', but in truth he knew them to be the premier fighting force in the whole of Europe. And the cream of the corp in Wellington's army were the 95th Rifles. Born in Ireland, Edward Costello enlisted as a private and rose through the ranks to become an officer in the British Legion. Witnessing much of the war for the Iberian peninsula and taking part in the Waterloo campaign in Belgium, Costello observed and survived some of the bloodiest battles of the war. This is the story of the army that brought low the greatest military genius in European history as told through the eyes of a ranker of the 95th Rifles, Edward Costello.

WELLINGTONS OPERATIONS IN THE

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ISBN : 9781847346650
Pages : 452 pages
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Download or read book WELLINGTONS OPERATIONS IN THE written by Captain Lewis Butler and published by Naval & Military Press. This book was released on 2016-10-24 with total page 452 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Written almost a century after the events they describe, Lewis Butler's two volumes on Wellington's Peninsula War campaigns have rightly been judged a classic of military history. The story of how the Iron Duke turned disaster into triumph, and defeat into a final victory, has surely never been told with more authority. Butler's first volume begins with the Spanish popular revolt against the imposition of Napoleon's brother Joseph as their king and their appeal to Britain for aid. Early British disasters culminate in Sir John Moore's retreat and death at Corunna. Wellington fought back at the battles of Talavera and Busaco, but was compelled by Marshal Massena to retreat once more into Portugal, and only his foresight in constructing the impregnable lines of Torres Vedras, and denuding the country before them, saved the day. The first volume concludes with Wellington taking the offensive again at the battle of Fuentes d' Onoro and Albuera. Volume Two begins with Wellingotn besieging and storming Badajoz and Ciudad Roderigo. These successes are followed by the difficult but decisive campaign culminating in Wellington's victory over Marshal Marmont at Salamanca and his entry into Madrid. After a difficult winter, Wellington once again resumes the offensive, defeats Marshal Soult at Vitoria and chases him over the Pyrenees and out of Spain. But Soult's stubborn rfesistance continues at the battles of Nivelle, the Nive, and Orthez as the fighting moves towards Toulouse where Wellington fights his final, victoriuous battle of the war as news of Napoleon's abdication arrives. Both volumes are liberally illustrated with maps and sketches of the battles and other operations. What Napoleon called his 'Spanish ulcer' has never been more minutely described and dissected, with the author paying a military man's due attention to the sinews of war as well as to the action.