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A History of the Peninsular War, Volume VI: September 1, 1812 to August 5, 1813: Siege of Burgos, Retreat of Burgos, Vittoria, The Pyrenees

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Between the autumn of 1812 and the late summer of 1813 campaigning in the peninsula took on a new 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 to drive the French out completely. Operations at the end of 1812 included the unsuccessful British siege of Burgos and ...more
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Published February 19th 2006 by Greenhill Books (first published December 1996)
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What fluency of writing that still reads so well after a century of language development. What depth of research, analysis and reconstruction. What a magnificent story unraveled. The greatest work of history ever written!

Oman returns to the Peninsular war after the hiatus of the first world war. Oman mentions in the preface the stringencies of the post war period restricted the number of plates and indeed at times a few more maps (although not critical) would have been helpful. While the
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Sir Charles William Chadwick Oman was a British military historian of the early 20th century. His reconstructions of medieval battles from the fragmentary and distorted accounts left by chroniclers were pioneering. His style is an invigorating mixture of historical accuracy and emotional highlights, and it makes his narratives, though founded on deep research, often read as smoothly as fiction, ...more