Peninsular War

#1
Good News - Abacus got a place on a Battlefield Tour to Portugal :grin:

Bad News - he actually needs to do some work :sad:

Can anyone help me with detail or references for the following:

The Role of the Royal Navy in the campaign.

and specific info on the battle at:

Lines of Torres Vedras

background info on the Portugese Army of the time would also help.

PM please and I will provide email address. All assistance gratefully received.
 
#2
There are a couple of books that give the real griff on things about the time of Sharpe. They could be a good start. I'm away from home just now so can't do ISBN, sorry.
 
#3
As a starter - http://www.peninsularwar.org/ltv.htm (part of http://www.peninsularwar.org/penwar_e.htm). This gives the references for a number of books relating to both the battle and the campaign.

Also, in the Osprey 'Fortress' series, Ian Fletcher, The Lines of Torres Vedras 1809–11 (Fortress 7)*, ISBN: 1841765767 - I gather from a colleague who's an expert on this historical period that this is pretty good.

On the RN, while I'm not a naval historian, I do know that there's William M James, The Naval History of Great Britain During the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars Vol 5 , ISBN 0 85177 909 3 (NB, this is a reprint of an 1837-ish book!)
 
#4
Just in the process of reading "Rifles" by Mark Urban - primary focus is on the role of the 95th Rifles in the Peninsular. The author is the Diplomatic Editor of the BBC's Newsnight and he's relied upon a fairly extensive bibilography for this particular text including Wellington's dispatches. I can't do much about it now but will PM you a note later today with a listing of suitable texts that might prove helpful.

lancslad
 
#5
Thanks Guys - Archimedes especially - Amazon now £17.50 richer (and self chuffed to bits because it was on special offer!)
 
#6
Might there also be a bibliography in the Sharpe book(s) ? - if not, author Bernard Cornwell might put you onto something.
 
#7
I believe there is a publication by Osprey in their fortification series called the lines of Torres Vedras they also cover the bulk of the key battles in the campaign series.
 
#8
whiffler said:
Might there also be a bibliography in the Sharpe book(s) ? - if not, author Bernard Cornwell might put you onto something.
Just ordered the full set of DVDs - Mrs Abacus almost believes me that they are for research purposes :)
 
#10
Every Sharpe book has an historical "Auther's Note" at the back witha little potted history of what really happened.
Sharpes Escape which concerns the period from Bussaco to Torres Vedras (featuring the sack of Coimbra) has a short interlude aboard a RN boat patroling the Tagus so Cornwell's sources for the novel probably cover RN involvement. He recomends John Grehan's The Lines of Torres Vedras, (Spellmount 2000) and Julian Paget's Wellington's Peninsular War, (Leo Cooper, London 1990) in the notes.
It might also be worth having a look at Kincaid's memoirs.
 
#11
Quite a good book on the role of the Donkey Wallopers in the Napoleonics is Galloping At Everything by Ian Fletcher

Also, try the Napoleonic Guide website at http://www.napoleonguide.com/index.htm for some more ideas.
 
#12
Michael Glover's 'The Peninsular War 1807 - 1814: A Concise Military History' is very useful. I also enjoyed 'Rifles' by Mark Urban who has drawn on personal accounts and regimental records to produce a smashing book.
 
#15
lancslad said:
Just in the process of reading "Rifles" by Mark Urban - primary focus is on the role of the 95th Rifles in the Peninsular. The author is the Diplomatic Editor of the BBC's Newsnight and he's relied upon a fairly extensive bibilography for this particular text including Wellington's dispatches. I can't do much about it now but will PM you a note later today with a listing of suitable texts that might prove helpful.

lancslad

Are their present-day descendants the RGJ? Bought the aforementioned book in a bookshop clearence sale today $4 CDN :D
 
#16
I believe the RN's roll was the liberation of young portuguese boys from the evil of having a tight bumhole :twisted:

All my proper references have been mentioned so i thought i'd stick that it in. I'd say use it in your lecture and see if anyone notices.
 
#17
stameen_s said:
lancslad said:
Just in the process of reading "Rifles" by Mark Urban - primary focus is on the role of the 95th Rifles in the Peninsular. The author is the Diplomatic Editor of the BBC's Newsnight and he's relied upon a fairly extensive bibilography for this particular text including Wellington's dispatches. I can't do much about it now but will PM you a note later today with a listing of suitable texts that might prove helpful.

lancslad

Are their present-day descendants the RGJ? Bought the aforementioned book in a bookshop clearence sale today $4 CDN :D
Is this a wah I see before me?
 
#18
gingwarr said:
stameen_s said:
lancslad said:
Just in the process of reading "Rifles" by Mark Urban - primary focus is on the role of the 95th Rifles in the Peninsular. The author is the Diplomatic Editor of the BBC's Newsnight and he's relied upon a fairly extensive bibilography for this particular text including Wellington's dispatches. I can't do much about it now but will PM you a note later today with a listing of suitable texts that might prove helpful.

lancslad

Are their present-day descendants the RGJ? Bought the aforementioned book in a bookshop clearence sale today $4 CDN :D
Is this a wah I see before me?

I think you may :oops: Sorry...
 
#19
For the RN role in the Peninsular read about "Hornblower" Not "Sharpe"...

Foirtescue's history of the British Army has a chunk in it about amphbious operations. The fighting around Cadiz is heavily dep[endent on seapower. The Battle of Barossa is the result of a botched amphibious raid launched not many miles from Cape Trafal;gar. Visit the area and understand why the area behind Sandhurst is called "Barossa" I think the Navy also helped the Spanish man the defences at Cadiz.

When are you going? What parts of the Peninsula do you plan to visit? Presumably Lisbon rather than Spain?? If so the landings in 1808 may be of interest.
 
#20
Stop please. Thanks again to everyone who has contributed. Battlefield Tour been and gone and much helped by all the assistance from fellow Arrsers, including at least 5 who were on the tour and only 3 of whom think I know who they are ;)

Best book of the lot turned out to be,

Wellington's Navy: Sea Power and the Pensinsular War 1807-1814

but all recommendations were well worthwhile, especially the Sharpe one but Pteranodon is right, mostly entertainment (and if Mrs Abs is reading this I'm sure there will be another tour next year and I need to stay current ;))
 

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