ON THE ROAD WITH WELLINGTON: THE DIARY OF A WAR COMMISSARY.

Schaumann, August L. F.


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New ed., 1999. Xxiv + 416 pp., 1 plate. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. The author of these memoirs enlisted in the King's German Legion and fought throughout the Napoleonic Wars. As a commissary, entrusted with gathering supplies as the army advanced, he was caught up in the skirmishes and brawls that formed a bitter backdrop to the large-scale battles and sieges. His memoirs capture the life of an officer in the British Army, enduring the drama and agonies of the fierce struggle in Spain, Portugal and the South of France between 1808 and 1814. The author took part in Sir John Moore's ill-fated campaign in Spain, was present at Talavera, witnessed the battle of Busaco and the invasion of Portugal, fought at Fuentes d-Onoro and Vittoria, and accompanied the Allied forces over the frontier into France in 1814. Bernard Cornwell, who writes a sparkling introduction to this edition, claimed that when writing his famous novels about Richard Sharpe, he drew upon Schaumann twice as much as any other source.


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