Spanish Guerrillas in the Peninsular War 1808–14

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Spanish Guerrillas in the Peninsular War 1808–14

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Constant Spanish guerrilla activity so drained the resources and diverted the attention of the French military that Wellington was able to advance against and overcome a numerically superior enemy. So many French soldiers were being used to counter the guerrillas and the threat that they posed that less than a third of the French army could be tasked with confronting Wellington. This book brings to life, for the first time, the formation, tactics and experiences of the Spanish guerrilla forces that fought Napoleon's army. Using much previously unpublished material, it offers a vivid description of the guerrilla and his lifestyle.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Insurrections in Spain from 1808 · Chronology · The Rise and Spread of the Guerrillas · Why become a Guerrilla? · Guerrilla Bands and Leaders · Weapons and Clothing · Tactics · Cruelty and Revenge · The guerrillas and the British · The overall impact of the Guerrillas · The end of the Guerrillas · After the war

Product details

Published 25 May 2004
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781841766294
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 29 b/w; 29 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Elite
Short code ELI 108
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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René Chartrand

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