Talavera: Wellington's First Victory in Spain

Overview

The Battle of Talavera was one of the key confrontations of the Peninsular War. In a bloody contest the British and Spanish under Wellesley and Cuesta won a tactical victory over the French forces of Victor and Joseph Bonaparte. The battle was the climax of the offensive launched by Wellesley and his Spanish allies to expel the French from Madrid.

Andrew Field's graphic analysis is the first full-length reassessment to be published in recent times. Using documentary records, ...

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Overview

The Battle of Talavera was one of the key confrontations of the Peninsular War. In a bloody contest the British and Spanish under Wellesley and Cuesta won a tactical victory over the French forces of Victor and Joseph Bonaparte. The battle was the climax of the offensive launched by Wellesley and his Spanish allies to expel the French from Madrid.

Andrew Field's graphic analysis is the first full-length reassessment to be published in recent times. Using documentary records, eyewitness accounts and a painstaking study of the terrain, he reconstructs the action in vivid detail and questions assumptions about the event that have grown up over the last 200 years. He also provides an extensive tour of the battlefield.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844152681
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,194,025
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


List of Maps     vi
Preface     vii
Introduction     1
Wellesley Returns to the Peninsula     5
The Armies     11
The Commanders     32
Tactics     49
Plans     64
27 July 1809     70
28 July 1809     87
The Main Attack     103
Aftermath     124
An Assessment of the Battle     130
A Tour of the Battlefield     140
The British Infantry Regiments at Talavera     164
The British Army at Talavera     165
The Spanish Army of Extremadura     167
The French Army at Talavera     169
British Losses on 27 July     172
British Losses on 28 July     173
French Losses on 27-28 July     175
Notes     177
Select Bibliography     181
Index     183
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