WITH THE GUNS IN THE PENINSULA: THE PENINSULA WAR JOURNAL OF 2ND CAPTAIN WILLIAM WEBBER, ROYAL ARTILLERY.

Wollocombe, R. H. (Ed.).


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New ed., 1991. 196 pp., 13 plates + ills., + 1 map. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Bookplate o/w FINE. 2nd Captain Webber of the Royal Artillery joined Captain Maxwell's 9-Pounder Brigade at Zafra in August 1812 during the Peninsular War. His remarkable journal, often controversial and recorded on the day of events described, covers the period up to June 16th 1813, just before the battle of Vittoria. He describes his experiences during the advance up to and along the Tagus then up to Aranjuez, the reversal of fortunes during the autumn of 1812, the difficult retreat into winter quarters in Portugal, and finally the brigade's part in the brilliant campaign of 1813 which saw the French pushed back across the Ebro. Webber gives vivid accounts of engagements with the enemy along the way: notably around Alba de Tormes during the retreat and on the heights outside Burgos prior to the crossing of the Ebro. His journal has been set within the context of the Peninsular War and an outline of his life and military career is also given up to Waterloo where he was wounded. A fascinating record of a gunner officer's career, daily life and experiences in Wellington's Peninsula army.


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