Spanish Guerrillas in the Peninsular War 1808-14 [NOOK Book]

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Constant Spanish guerrilla activity so drained the resources and diverted the attention of the French military that Wellington was able to advance against and overcome a numerically superior enemy. So many French soldiers were being used to counter the guerrillas and the threat that they posed that less than a third of the French army could be tasked with confronting Wellington. This book brings to life, for the first time, the formation, tactics and experiences of the Spanish guerrilla forces that fought ...
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Spanish Guerrillas in the Peninsular War 1808-14

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Overview

Constant Spanish guerrilla activity so drained the resources and diverted the attention of the French military that Wellington was able to advance against and overcome a numerically superior enemy. So many French soldiers were being used to counter the guerrillas and the threat that they posed that less than a third of the French army could be tasked with confronting Wellington. This book brings to life, for the first time, the formation, tactics and experiences of the Spanish guerrilla forces that fought Napoleon’s army during the Peninsular War (1808-1814). Using much previously unpublished material, it offers a vivid description of the guerrilla and his lifestyle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472803160
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Series: Elite
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • File size: 24 MB
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Meet the Author

René Chartrand was born in Montreal and educated in Canada, the US and the Bahamas. A senior curator with Canada's National Historic Sites for nearly three decades, he is now a freelance writer and historical consultant. He has written numerous articles and books including some 20 Osprey titles. He lives in Hull, Quebec, with his wife and two sons.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Insurrections in Spain from 1808
Chronology 6
The Rise and Spread of the Guerrillas 10
The Spanish character and guerrilla warfare
Why become a guerrilla?
Organisation of Guerrilla Bands 15
Guerrilla Bands and Leaders 18
Andalusia
Aragon
Asturias
Old Castile
New Castile and La Mancha
Catalonia
Extremadura
Leon
Levante and Murcia
Navarre
The North (Vizcaya and Santander)
Weapons and Clothing 28
Weapons
Clothing and food
Guerrilla Tactics 32
Countering the guerrillas
Cruelty and Revenge 45
The Guerrillas and the British 47
British aid to the guerrillas
The Overall Impact of the Guerrillas 53
The Final Acts 54
The end of the guerrillas
After the war: Liberation and a political heritage
Notes 56
Glossary 56
Manuscripts
Books and Articles
Select Bibliography 58
The Plates 59
Index 64
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