Hall, Christopher D.


London & Pennsylvania, 1st.ed., 2004. Viii + 264 pp., 6 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Signed & inscribed by Dr. Nicholas Rodger : "Nicholas Rodger, Acton, St. Waldebert's Day 2005." As Wellington himself remarked, it was the fact that the Royal Navy ensured that his army was fully supplied while at the same time denying this ability to the enemy, that enabled him to achieve victory in the Peninsula campaign. Despite this fact, the work of Vice-Admiral George Berkeley and those under his command has hitherto received scant attention. From the very start of Wellington's arrival on the Iberian Peninsula, to his final invasion of southern France, the Royal Navy was behind his troops providing vital support. At Corunna, this meant evacuation when it was required. Most of the time this support came in the form of transporting troops to the right area ; landing heavy guns and crews at sieges ; attacking coastal targets and thereby tying down Napoleon's soldiers ; gathering intelligence from enemy and neutral shipping ; and, perhaps most important of all, bringing in food, clothing, horses, money and weapons from the sea as Wellington refused to allow his men to live off the land as the French had done, thus winning support for the British from the local civilian population. The first full study of this highly successful combined operation.

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