Conquer or Die!: Wellington's Veterans and the Liberation of the New World

Conquer or Die!: Wellington's Veterans and the Liberation of the New World

by Ben Hughes
     
 

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In the aftermath of Waterloo, over 6,000 British volunteers sailed across the Atlantic to aid Simon Bolivar in his liberation of Gran Columbia from her oppressors in Madrid. The expeditions were plagued with disaster from the start, one ship sank shortly after leaving Portsmouth with the loss of almost 200 lives. Those who reached the New World faced disease, wild

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In the aftermath of Waterloo, over 6,000 British volunteers sailed across the Atlantic to aid Simon Bolivar in his liberation of Gran Columbia from her oppressors in Madrid. The expeditions were plagued with disaster from the start, one ship sank shortly after leaving Portsmouth with the loss of almost 200 lives. Those who reached the New World faced disease, wild animals, mutiny and desertion. Conditions on campaign were appalling, massacres were commonplace, rations crude, pay infrequent and supplies insufficient. Nevertheless, those who endured made key contributions to Bolivar's success.

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“This is a blood-and-thunder tale... The numerous battle descriptions are extremely detailed, vivid, suspenseful and in some cases, horrifying. The demands upon men, animals and logistics of such chaotic warfare were extreme. Readers will wonder at the availability of such comprehensive source material. Who took notes, who wrote the dispatches in such fast-moving action in such primitive conditions?” —David C. Acheson, The Washington Times

“The book is a chronicle of hardship, deadly sea voyages, disease, wild animals, mutiny, brutal primitive warfare, frequent betrayal and desertion... Hughes has shed light on a little-known epic, on which no major non-fiction book has focused in almost a century.” —Stephen Frater, Hearld Tribune

“Historian Ben Hughes's detailed explications, with notes, bibliography and index, add rigor to his portraits of colorful characters such as the Scots merchant James Hamilton who strode about the jungle in full highland dress.” —Zara Raab, Sacramento Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849087292
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Series:
General Military
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
392
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Ben Hughes is an ESOL and EFL Lecturer. After graduating from Leeds University in 1997, he spent several years teaching and travelling throughout South America. His passion for the continent and a lifelong interest in the Napoleonic era led him to this project. He now lives in North London with his Colombian wife.

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