Corunna 1809

Sir John Moore’s Fighting Retreat

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Corunna 1809

Sir John Moore’s Fighting Retreat

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The retreat to Corunna is one of the epic campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). Late in 1808 Sir John Moore found himself virtually alone with his small British army deep inside Spain. The armies of his Spanish allies had been overwhelmed and he faced a victorious French force under the Emperor Napoleon. He had little option but to order a retreat to the port of Corunna. This became the most arduous of trials with armies traversing mountainous terrain over appalling roads in the depths of winter. Somehow Moore held his outnumbered, exhausted men together as they struggled to reach safety. Finally at Corunna Moore's army turned to face its tormentors.

Table of Contents

Spain: October 1808/The Opposing Commanders/The Opposing Armies/Moore's advance/The Emperor arrives/Sahagun/Benavente/A Hard Road/Brought to Bay/The ultimate price/Aftermath/Corunna Today/Glossary/Bibliography/Index

Product details

Published Feb 25 2001
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781855329683
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 63 b/w; 46 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 83
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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