Duke Of Wellington And The British Army Of Occupation In France, 1815-1818

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Although numerous biographies have been written about Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington, none has offered a careful examination of his three-year command of the allied occupation army in France between 1815 and 1818. In this work, Thomas Dwight Veve fully details Wellington's last active military posting, exploring the major role he played not only as an officer but also as a statesman. In doing so, he demonstrates that Wellington's command was not simply the final chapter in a successful military career, but rather an important transition to his future political endeavors.

Veve describes the complete history of the allied occupation, from the peace negotiations and establishment of an occupying force, to the Conference of Aix-la-Chapelle and the departure of the allies. The full range of Wellington's duties and accomplishments are examined, including his inspection of the crucial Dutch barrier fortress renovation program and his decisions regarding troop reductions and the final termination of occupation. Also cited is Wellington's extraordinary management of what was the first multinational peacekeeping operation, his ability to maintain neutrality for the army, and the many years of stability and peace that followed his assignment. This book will be an essential reference work for students and scholars of military history, British history, and political science, as well as for college, university, and public libraries.

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THOMAS DWIGHT VEVE is Adjunct Faculty Instructor at Troy State University in Florida.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Establishment of the Army of Occupation 11
3 The British Army in France: Order of Battle and Training 33
4 The British Army in France: Inspection Reports 49
5 The British Army in France: Troop Relations with French Inhabitants 67
6 French Relations with their Occupiers 81
7 Wellington and the Barrier Fortresses 93
8 The Troop Reduction of 1817 109
9 French Internal Reforms 125
10 The Allied Departure from France 147
11 Conclusions 167
App. A: The Treaty of Paris, November 20, 1815 175
App. B: Military Convention of the Second Treaty of Paris 181
App. C: Official Note Relative to the Diminution of the Army of Occupation, Paris, February 10, 1817 187
App. D: Convention for the Evacuation of France 191
App. E: Allied Military Commanders 193
App. F: The British Army in France: Battalion and Squadron Commanders 197
App. G: Memorandum on the 1816 Autumn Review 199
Bibliography 201
Index 213
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