Wellington's Engineers: Military Engineering in the Peninsular War 1808-1814

Wellington's Engineers: Military Engineering in the Peninsular War 1808-1814

by Mark S. Thompson


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ISBN-13: 9781783463633
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 07/31/2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Dr Mark S. Thompson has had a lifelong interest in the British army in the Peninsular War. He has made a special study of the campaigns of Marshal Beresford and the Battle of Albuera, and he has published a number of books on Peninsular subjects. Recently he completed a PhD on the role of the Royal Engineers in the Peninsula. He is a member of the British Commission for Military History, the Friends of the Lines of Torres Vedras and the Friends of the British Military Cemetery at Elvas. He is currently working on the diary of Edmund Mulcaster 1809-10.

Table of Contents

List of Plates vi

Acknowledgements viii

Foreword xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 1808 - Success, Controversy and Disaster 9

Chapter 2 1809 - Hard Lessons for All 29

Chapter 3 The Lines of Torres Vedras and the Defence of Portugal 46

Chapter 4 1810-AYear of Waiting 69

Chapter 5 1811 - Goodbye to Lisbon 84

Chapter 6 1812 - Taking the Frontier 120

Chapter 7 1812 - Triumph and Failure 144

Chapter 8 1813 - The Road to France 160

Chapter 9 1813-14 - Into France 186

Conclusion 205

Appendix 1 Commanding Royal Engineers (CRE) with Wellington's Army, 1808-14 209

Appendix 2 Engineer Officers who Served in the Iberian Peninsula 211

Appendix 3 Military Reconnaissance and Surveying 216

Appendix 4 Military Bridging 222

Appendix 5 Military Education 233

Notes 249

Bibliography 265

Index 271

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