VOLUME I:  1807-1809
by Sir Charles Oman
New Introduction by Colonel John R. Elting (USA, Ret.)

8.75 x 5.5 in.  720 pages.  3 illustrations, 9 maps. Greenhill Books is pleased to announce the republication of Sir Charles Oman's A History of the Peninsular War, one of the most important histories of the Napoleonic period ever written. All seven volumes have now been reprinted.

This republication of Oman's magnum opus is presented with a new introduction by leading Napoleonic historial Colonel John R. Elting (USA, Ret.).

The 1807-14 war in the Iberian Peninsula was one of the most significant and influential campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars. Arising from Napoleon's strategic need to impose his rule over Portugal and Spain, it evolved into a constant drain on his resources. Sir Charles Oman's seven-volume history of the campaign is an unrivalled and essential work. His extensive use and analysis of French, Spanish, Portuguese and British participants' accounts and archival material, together with his own inspection of the battlefields, provides a comprehensive and balanced account of this most important episode in Napoleonic military history.

Sir Charles Oman was one of Britian's greatest and most celebrated hisotrians. His other books published by Greenhill are A History of the Art of War in the Middle Ages and A Hisotry of the Art of War in the Sixteenth Century.

The first part of Sir Charles Oman's classic history provides the background to the war and its origins, and covers the early stages of the conflict. Introducing the subject and many of its main players, this volume recounts the French invasion of Portugal and the forcible deposition of the Spanish royal family, the beginning of Spanish popular resistance, the arrival of the British in the Iberian Peninsula, the first victories of Sir Arthur Wellesley (the future Duke of Wellington), Napoleon's personal participation in the Spanish campaign, the French surrender at Baylen, and Sir John Moore's terrible retreat, ending with his death in the hour of victory at the Battle of Corunna.

Greenhill Books  ISBN 1-85367-214-9

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