The Peninsula Years
Red Coats in Spain and Portugal
D S Richards
a one-volume coverage of the Peninsular War in Spain and Portgual
between 1807 and 1814 The Peninsula Years can be highly
covers the varying campaigns of Wellesley and Moore, the difficulties
they faced and the bloody clashes of arms against the French.
not only lets the reader in on the overall strategic viewpoint
but zooms in on how the soldiers felt about the conduct of the
begins with the French invasion of Portugal and then follows the
Peninsular War through Vimiero, the retreat to Corunna, Talavera,
Bussaco, Albuera, Badajoz, Salamanca, the failed attack on Burgos,
Vitoria and the invasion of France.
The Peninsula Years has the perfect balance of detail with
written and very readable explanations of the battles enlivened
by nicely chosen bit of description and first-hand accounts of
his narrative Richards has used incidents from more than 50 British
soldiers in the Peninsula including the likes of John Mills, Charles
Napier, Robert Knowles, Thomas Plunkett, August Schaumann, Moyle
Sherer, Robert Fernyhough to name but a few.
Peninsula Years will sit very comfortably in any Napoleonic
fan's home library and it is the type of book that, if lent, will
entice more people to the adventures of the Napoleonic Era.