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Penguin
01 September 2014
Diaries, letters & journals; Napoleonic Wars; War & defence operations
'I entered the town about noon, and found the white flag flying, every body wearing white cockades, Buonaparte's statue thrown out of the window of the Capitol, and the eagles pulled down' The Duke of Wellington was not only one of Britain's greatest military commanders, but also a prolific and powerful writer. This new selection of his military dispatches provides a unique record of the war with Napoleon, from its desperate beginnings in Portugal in 1808 to triumph at Waterloo. Vividly recording everything from his strategic vision to the heat of battle and the condition of his men, Wellington's writings are remarkable for their clarity, attention to detail and often brutal honesty. With maps and an introduction by military historian Charles Esdaile describing the extreme odds against Wellington, this book gives an unrivalled insight into a military genius, out-thinking his enemies at every turn.

Edited with an introduction by Charles Esdaile.
By:   Arthur WellesleyDuke of Wellington
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   330g
ISBN:   9780141394312
ISBN 10:   0141394315
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   01 September 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) is generally viewed as Britain's greatest military commander. He fought in some fifty encounters across India and Europe, with almost all battles ending in victory. He finally defeated Napoleon as commander of the Allied forces at Waterloo. He was twice British prime minister. Charles Esdaile is the author of The Peninsular War and Napoleon's Wars (both published by Penguin) and is Professor of History at the University of Liverpool.

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