A History of the Peninsular War: Volume I: 1807-1809, From the Treaty of Fontainebleau to the Battle of Corunna

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The first part of Oman's classic history provides the background to the war and its origins, and covers the early stages of the conflict. Introducing the subject and many of its main players, this volume recounts the French invasion of Portugal and the forcible deposition of the Spanish royal family, the beginning of Spanish popular resistance, the arrival of the British in the Iberian Peninsula, the first victories of Sir Arthur Wellesley (the future Duke of Wellington), Napoleon's personal participation in the ...

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The first part of Oman's classic history provides the background to the war and its origins, and covers the early stages of the conflict. Introducing the subject and many of its main players, this volume recounts the French invasion of Portugal and the forcible deposition of the Spanish royal family, the beginning of Spanish popular resistance, the arrival of the British in the Iberian Peninsula, the first victories of Sir Arthur Wellesley (the future Duke of Wellington), Napoleon's personal participation in the Spanish campaign, the French surrender at Baylen, and Sir John Moore's terrible retreat, ending with his death in the hour of victory at the Battle of Corunna.

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Released in 1902 and 1903, respectively, these are the first two titles in Oman's seven-volume treatise on the Napoleonic War in the Iberian Peninsula. As the titles (which are almost as long as the books) denote, each volume covers a period of a few years to a few months, making the series one of the most detailed histories of any military campaign. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853675881
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/4/2002
  • Series: Greenhill Military Paperbacks Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 795
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 2.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Section I Napoleon and the Spanish Bourbons
Chapter I. The Treaty of Fontainebleau 1
Chapter II. The Court of Spain 12
Chapter III. The Conquest of Portugal 26
Chapter IV. The French aggression in Spain: Abdication of Charles IV 33
Chapter V. The Treachery at Bayonne 43
Chapter VI. The Second of May: Outbreak of the Spanish Insurrection 57
Section II The Land and the Combatants
Chapter I. Military geography of the Peninsula: Mountains, Rivers, Roads 72
Chapter II. The Spanish Army in 1808 89
Chapter III. The French Army in Spain 103
Chapter IV. The tactics of the French and their adversaries during the Peninsular War 114
Section III Saragossa and Baylen
Chapter I. Opening of hostilities: the French Invasions of Andalusia and Valencia 123
Chapter II. Operations in the North: the siege of Saragossa 140
Chapter III. Operations in the North: battle of Medina de Rio Seco 163
Chapter IV. Dupont in Andalusia: the Capitulation of Baylen 176
Section IV The English in Portugal
Chapter I. The outbreak of the Portuguese Insurrection 206
Chapter II. Landing of the British: combat of Rolica 220
Chapter III. Vimiero 242
Chapter IV. The Convention of Cintra 263
Chapter V. The French evacuate Portugal 279
Chapter VI. The Court of Inquiry 291
Section V The Struggle in Catalonia
Chapter I. Duhesme's operations: first siege of Gerona (June--July, 1808) 301
Chapter II. The struggle continued: the second siege of Gerona (July--August, 1808) 322
Section VI The Consequences of Baylen
Chapter I. The French retreat to the Ebro 334
Chapter II. Creation of the 'Junta General' 342
Chapter III. The 'Junta General' in Session 354
Chapter IV. An episode in the Baltic 367
Section VII Napoleon's Invasion of Spain
Chapter I. French and Spanish preparations 376
Chapter II. The preliminary fighting: arrival of Napoleon 391
Chapter III. The misfortunes of Joachim Blake: Zornoza and Espinosa de los Monteros 402
Chapter IV. Napoleon crosses the Ebro: the rout of Gamonal: Soult's pursuit of Blake 417
Chapter V. Tudela 431
Chapter VI. Passage of the Somosierra: Napoleon captures Madrid 450
Section VIII The Campaign of Sir John Moore
Chapter I. Napoleon at Madrid 473
Chapter II. Moore at Salamanca 486
Chapter III. Moore's advance to Sahagun 513
Chapter IV. Napoleon's pursuit of Moore: Sahagun to Astorga 539
Chapter V. Soult's pursuit of Moore: Astorga to Corunna 559
Chapter VI. The battle of Corunna 583
Appendices
I. Godoy's Proclamation of Oct. 5, 1806 603
II. The Treaty of Fontainebleau 604
III. Papers relating to the 'Affair of the Escurial' 606
IV. Abdication of Charles IV 607
V. The Spanish Army in 1808 607
VI. The first French 'Army of Spain' 612
VII. Papers relating to the Treachery at Bayonne 616
VIII. Papers relating to the Capitulation of Baylen 618
IX. Papers relating to the Convention of Cintra 625
X. List of Members of the Central Junta 630
XI. The Spanish Armies, Oct.--Nov. 1808 631
XII. The second French 'Army of Spain' 640
XIII. The Army of Sir John Moore, its strength and its losses 646
Index 649
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