G'day all....I just couldn't let this one go.
We've had a real old tussle over the many many cuts and thrusts over those dying embers of the 1812 campaign and a kind of stand-off until the next one comes up.......however.....only a few days ago there was a post that....'at last'...mentioned that rather minor campaign in the Peninsula to which I, amongst others have given a fair amount of time.
This gave Lord Wellington lasting greatness as the outcome of the Battle of Salamanca, waiting to see if any of our worthy members might have a word or two on that statement.......no.....not one.
Well hear this, I have several.
We can say at the outcome that the speedy taking of ground by those hard marching men of Marmont's Divisions out over the Arapiles was an absolute gift to his enemy....however....most historians.......particularly those who follow Napoleon slavishly have been quite happy to quote a rather self opinionated French General who in a brief few words [journalists just love those] that the French were beaten in forty minutes [I, you see can quote it even shorter].
Well well, tell that to the men of 1/40th, tell that to Beresford, tell that to almost every man of Clinton's 6th Division, there is of course far, far more, how about the non-moving !st Division, how about the lack-lustre Light Division, the tale goes on.