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Conquer or Die!: Wellington’s Veterans and the Liberation of the New World

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In 1815, just after the battle of Waterloo, over 6,000 British volunteers sailed across the Atlantic to aid Simon Bolivar in his liberation of Gran Columbia from her Spanish oppressors. The expeditions were plagued with disaster from the start, when one ship sank shortly after leaving Portsmouth with the loss of almost 200 lives. Those who reached the New World faced disea ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Osprey Publishing
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Jwduke
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
I choose to read this book because I never knew the British were involved with South American wars. This is a very indepth case study of the British volunteers (they were not officially supported) role in the wars agianst the Spanish. Personally, I could have done without as much detial. However, the book did cover what I was looking for; why the British were involved in a war I did not know occured.

The depth and personality studies did keep me engaged, and particularly there were two personali
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Simon Binning
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating book. I was aware that there were a few British individuals involved in the liberation of much of South America from Spanish rule - Cochrane being probably the most well known - but perhaps assumed that it was a few hand picked experienced officers who the rebels felt would be able to add expertise that they lacked. This book put me right. Whilst there were many officers involved, there were far more rank and file - numbering, eventually, in the thousands.
This is not a hist
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Al Mcphee
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very likely the only detailed history of this niche about the South American wars of liberation.

With the end of the Napoleonic wars in 1815, Great Britain quickly began a major reduction in its armed forces. In the post-war economic slump, there was little work for the soldiers, both officers and enlisted. But starting in 1817, there was a major increase in the revolutionary activity that Simon Bolivar was leading in South America, including a recruiting drive among the laid-off veterans in Brit
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Relstuart
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, military
A bit dry but a fascinating time where thousands of British men traveled to South American to help free them from Spanish rule. Some prospered and did very well for themselves. Some tried to make money off the opportunity. More died or were impoverished. Their impact as infantry units was massive as they fought Spanish regiments sent from Spain and beat them. They played key roles in many of the campaigns.

Looking back perhaps the saddest part of the story is how in the countries they helped fre
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Tom
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A good book on a little known history
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