British Sieges of the Peninsular War Frederick Myatt

ISBN: 9781862274273

Published: January 1st 2008

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192 pages


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British Sieges of the Peninsular War  by  Frederick Myatt

British Sieges of the Peninsular War by Frederick Myatt
January 1st 2008 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 192 pages | ISBN: 9781862274273 | 9.27 Mb

The Peninsular War continues to be of great interest to students of military history, but the various siege operations tend to be overlooked. However, they are of no less interest than the battles in the open fields, particularly in Spain where theMoreThe Peninsular War continues to be of great interest to students of military history, but the various siege operations tend to be overlooked.

However, they are of no less interest than the battles in the open fields, particularly in Spain where the circumstances were so unusual. The British Army under Wellington was hopelessly outnumbered by the French and could only keep the field at all by virtue of the superior supply system which enabled them to remain concentrated, whereas the French—who lived off the country—were compelled to disperse widely in order to survive.

They were nevertheless capable of rapid concentration for a particular object, so that any siege operation conducted by the British inevitably ran the risk of being overwhelmed by sheer weight of numbers of the relieving force. As a result, Wellingtons main preoccupation was not how long it would take to bring a siege to a successful conclusion by normal means but rather what chance he had of snatching success before the French overcame their supply problems and arrived in front of him.

This accessible and highly illustrated volume is the essential guide to British siege craft in the Napoleonic period. It details all ten of the sieges by Wellingtons army in the Peninsular War 1811-13 and is lavishly illustrated throughout with large pictures, maps, and plans.



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