Book review: The Sieges of Ciudad Rodrigo 1810 and 1812

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15 February 2019
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We covered the Peninsular War in our September 2018 issue and ihere Tim Saunders looks at the area on the border between Spain and Portugal.

Author: TIM SAUNDERS

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans 

 

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We covered the Peninsular War in our September 2018 issue and ihere Tim Saunders looks at the area on the border between Spain and Portugal. The fortress of Ciudad Rodrigo was key which made it the first target for Napoleon’s forces. The first half of the book then deals with the French battles, leading to the siege while the second half looks at developments in the Peninsular War from 1810-1811 prior to Wellington’s siege of 1812.

 

What’s surprising, but very welcome, is the amount of illustration throughout. There’s a mix of monochrome maps, period paintings, modern photos of the locations now and even photos of re-enactors showing off the uniforms.

There are plenty of diary entries which give a flavour of the fighting. Definitely a good read for Peninsular War enthusiasts.

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• Pen & Sword

• 274 pages • Hardback • £25

 

As reviewed in The Armourer February 2019

 

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