Wellington Against Massena: The Third Invasion of Portugal 1810-1811 [NOOK Book]

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Wellington's clash with Massena was one of the most remarkable contests between two commanders in the Peninsular War. These two formidable generals carried on a campaign of manoeuvre, battle and attrition across Spain and Portugal in 1810 and 1811 which had a decisive impact on the outcome of the war. Wellington's reputation was enhanced, Massena's was ruined.

David Buttery's close analysis of this extraordinary encounter offers a penetrating...
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Wellington Against Massena: The Third Invasion of Portugal 1810-1811

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Overview

Wellington's clash with Massena was one of the most remarkable contests between two commanders in the Peninsular War. These two formidable generals carried on a campaign of manoeuvre, battle and attrition across Spain and Portugal in 1810 and 1811 which had a decisive impact on the outcome of the war. Wellington's reputation was enhanced, Massena's was ruined.

David Buttery's close analysis of this extraordinary encounter offers a penetrating insight into the personalities of these two outstanding soldiers. Using a variety of sources, in particular eyewitness accounts from both sides, he reassesses the famous confrontations at Ciudad Rodrigo, Almeida, Busaco, the lines of Torres Vedras and the final bitterly fought battle at Fuentes de O'oro. He sheds new light on this pivotal episode in the Napoleonic Wars and his account corrects the one-sided view of the campaign that has survived to the present day. In particular he reconsiders the true cost of the scorched earth policy that was employed against the French.
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. . . offers insight into the personalities of these two extraordinary commanders and detailed analysis of their confrontations . . .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781597156
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • Publication date: 4/19/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,133,566
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

David Buttery is an author and historian.
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Table of Contents


List of plates     vi
List of maps     vii
Chronology     viii
Preface     xiv
The Peninsular War     1
Son of the Aristocracy     18
Child of Victory     43
The Key to Portugal     62
The Third Invasion     79
Busaco Ridge     94
Que Diable!     108
The Retreat     122
A Last Chance     140
The Most Dangerous Hour of the War     154
The End of the Old Fox     171
Touring the Peninsula     183
Notes     194
Bibliography     208
Index     213
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