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To War with Wellington: From the Peninsula to Waterloo [Kõva köide]

  • Formaat: Hardback, 400 pages, kõrgus x laius x paksus: 238x162x34 mm, kaal: 680 g, Illustrations (chiefly col.), maps, ports. (chiefly col.)
  • Ilmumisaeg: 01-Sep-2010
  • Kirjastus: John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN-10: 1848541031
  • ISBN-13: 9781848541030
  • Formaat: Hardback, 400 pages, kõrgus x laius x paksus: 238x162x34 mm, kaal: 680 g, Illustrations (chiefly col.), maps, ports. (chiefly col.)
  • Ilmumisaeg: 01-Sep-2010
  • Kirjastus: John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN-10: 1848541031
  • ISBN-13: 9781848541030
The story of the men who fought their way across Europe to topple Napoleon told by those who were there. What made Arthur Duke of Wellington the military genius who was never defeated in battle? In the vivid narrative style that is his trademark, Peter Snow recalls how Wellington evolved from a backward, sensitive schoolboy into the aloof but brilliant commander. He tracks the development of Wellington's leadership and his relationship with the extraordinary band of men he led from Portugal in 1808 to their final destruction of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo seven years. Having described his soldiers as the 'scum of the earth' Wellington transformed them into the finest fighting force of their time. Digging deep into the rich treasure house of diaries and journals that make this war the first in history to be so well recorded, Snow examines how Wellington won the devotion of generals such as the irascible Thomas Picton and the starry but reckless 'Black Bob' Crauford and soldiers like Rifleman Benjamin Harris and Irishman Ned Costello. Through many first-hand accounts, Snow brings to life the horrors and all of the humanity of life in and out of battle, as well as shows the way that Wellington mastered the battlefield to outsmart the French and change the future of Europe. To War with Wellington is the gripping account of a remarkable leader and his men.

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A superb account of what it must have been like serving under Britain's greatest - but also most exacting - soldier Andrew Roberts, Sunday Telegraph, Books of the Year Fascinating. History written as it should be: entertaining and informative Independent on Sunday A refreshingly accessible portrait of one of Britain's greatest generals, it will take some beating Yorkshire Evening Post Dramatic, often moving, sometimes shocking ... Snow's story is far more powerful than fiction Herald The bloodcurdling (and surprisingly steamy) soldiers' diaries that reveal how Britain trounced Napoleon in battle Daily Mail Snow's descriptions of battles ... are unrivalled Oxford Times A must-read Heritage Today

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The story of one of the world's greatest soldiers - and the men who fought with him
List of Illustrations
ix
List of Maps
xi
Introduction 1(6)
1 First foothold
7(16)
Mondego Bay, August 1808
2 You must have bribed Junot
23(12)
Vimeiro, August 1808
3 Scum of the earth
35(19)
Oporto, 1809
4 The obstinate old Gentleman
54(17)
Talavera, 1809
5 Damned with might and main
71(11)
Retreat, 1809
6 Unpardonable butchery
82(19)
The Coa and Bussaco, 1810
7 A dangerous hour for England
101(21)
Fuentes d'Onoro, 1811
8 Now, lads, for the breach
122(16)
Ciudad Rodrigo, 1812
9 The town's our own. Hurrah!
138(17)
Badajoz, 1812
10 Marmont est perdu
155(13)
Salamanca, 1822
11 One step forward, two steps back
168(16)
Madrid and Burgos, 1812
12 I saw them fall like a pack of cards
184(17)
Vitoria, 1813
13 The finger of God is upon me
201(17)
Pyrenees, 1813
14 Extraordinary news
218(16)
Southern France, 1813-1814
15 In the Elysian Fields
234(12)
Paris and Vienna, 1814-1815
16 Duchess, you may give your ball
246(14)
Brussels, 1815
17 Blucher has had a damn good hiding
260(16)
Quatre-Bras, 16 June 1815
18 Hard pounding
276(16)
Waterloo, morning 18 June 1815
19 Now, Maitland, now's your time!
292(18)
Waterloo, afternoon 18 June 1815
20 See the Conquering Hero Comes
310(9)
Aftermath
Author's Note 319(4)
Notes 323(30)
Bibliography 353(8)
Illustration credits 361(6)
Index 367
Peter Snow is a highly respected journalist, author and broadcaster. An indispensable part of election nights, he has also covered military matters on and off the world's battlefields for 40 years and at the Royal Television Society Awards in 1998 Peter won the Judges' Award for services to broadcasting. In 2004, Peter and his son Dan presented the BAFTA-winning Battlefield Britain for BBC2 and worked on the follow-up series, Twentieth Century Battlefields. Together they wrote two books to accompany the series.

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