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A History of the Peninsular War

By Sir Charles Oman


Sir Charles Oman's classic 7-volume History of the Peninsular War is one of the most important histories of the period ever written. The work of a brilliant historian and writer, it presents a large amount of detailed and valuable information in a very readable style.

Oman Volume Five cover

Volume V: October 1811 - August 31, 1812 Valencia, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca, Madrid

Volume V covers the period during which the outcome of the war was effectively decided by Wellington's great advance from Portugal into Spain. The operations that took place at this time include the French campaigns of late 1811, with their conquest of Valencia and the siege of Tarifa; Wellington's offensive, involving the terrible sieges and storming of the border fortresses of Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz; and his great victory at Salamanca, which did much to decide the fate of the French hold on Spain. Other notable actions include that at Garcia Hernandez, and there were also smaller operations such as those on the east coast of Spain. Orders of battle, lists of strengths and casualties, and an account of Wellington's intelligence officer and code-breaker Sir George Scovell, whose efforts contributed greatly to Wellington's plans of campaign, are given in the appendices.

1996 | ISBN 1-85367-225-4 | Price: £;30.00/$59.95

Format: 222 x 141mm | Pages: 688

Features: 14 maps, 5 drawings

Oman Volume Six cover

Volume VI: September 1, 1812 - August 5, 1813 The Siege of Burgos, the Retreat from Burgos, the Campaign of Vittoria, the Battles of the Pyrenees

Between the Autumn of 1812 and the late Summer of 1813 campaigning in the Peninsula took on anew aspect. From being a defence of Portugal and those parts of Spain not under French control, it became an effort by the British, Spanish and Portuguese forces aimed at driving the French out completely. Operations at the end of 1812 include the unsuccessful British siege of Burgos and the subsequent retreat; renewed campaigning on the east coast of Spain, including Murray's actions around Tarragona; and the beginning of the final offensive against the French, including the battles of Roncesvalles, Maya and Sorauren.

June 1996 | ISBN 1-85367-226-2 | Price: £30.00/$59.95

Format: 222 x 141mm | Pages: 736

Features: 11 maps, 2 drawings

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