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Military Dispatches

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Accounts from the front lines of the Napoleonic Wars from Britain’s greatest military commander

The Duke of Wellington was not only an incomparable commander in battle but also a remarkably powerful writer. His dispatches have long been viewed as classics of military literature and have influenced all military accounts after his. This new selection follows the epic campaig
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published July 3rd 2014 by Penguin Classics
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Preface
Introduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Text
Short Biographies of Recipients
List of Maps


--The Campaigns of 1808
--The Campaigns of 1809
--The Campaigns of 1810
--The Campaigns of 1811
--The Campaigns of 1812
--The Campaigns of 1813
--The Campaigns of 1814
--Waterloo

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I really have no idea what possessed me to read this, it was just entirely beyond my ken. I also have no idea how to review it—this is indeed the collected dispatches of Arthur Wellesley, later the Duke of Wellington, detailing various aspects of his Penninsular campaigns and Waterloo. It is of essentially no interest to anyone not a narrow specialist in the field, like very narrow, like which division went where on what day, which I am not at all. So, it was kind of a slog, and also for some r ...more
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Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, KG GCB GCH PC FRS (1 May 1769 – 14 September 1852), was a British soldier and statesman, a native of Ireland from the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy,[3] and one of the leading military and political figures of the 19th century. His importance in national history is such that he is often referred to as "the Duke of Wellington" instead of "the 1st Duke ...more