This is a delightful work with more than 100 full colour photographs in illustration of a very informative text.
NAME: The Peninsular War, Wellington’s Battlefields Revisited
CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
AUTHOR: Ian Fletcher
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Napoleonic Wars, the Peninsular War, Wellington, Portugal, Spain, Galician mountains,Salamanca, Pyrenees, South Western France
DESCRIPTION: This is a delightful work with more than 100 full colour photographs in illustration of a very informative text.
The author is a battlefield guide offering tours to the Peninsular War battlefields and to other European battlefields. This has become an increasingly popular form of holiday that is attractive to those interested in military history, those wishing to see where family members fought and fell and to those who want to enjoy an active holiday that helps them see landscapes in a new perspective.
The book is presented with the statement that it is not intended to be a groundbreaking account of the Peninsular War, but a photographic presentation of the battlefields. A modest claim, for a book that combines concise text, with an outstanding collection of photographs.
For anyone coming to the subject for the first time, reading this book will equip them with a reliable understanding of the war and the places where it was fought. To understand a war, it is important to understand the people and the technologies and the reasons for fighting, but without an understanding of the ground it is impossible to develop a feel for the events that really produces knowledge of the variables that shape any battle.
There is also a valuable bibliography that will greatly assist those who wish to develop their knowledge of this period of history and this war that led to the defeat of Napoleon.
The excellent job done by the author is complemented by a quality production that has been achieved at a remarkably low recommended retail price.