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Tango0103 Oct 2015 4:12 p.m. PST

…September 1809

"The lines of the Torres Vedras were lines of forts secretly built by the British from around September 1809-1812 to protect Lisbon during the Peninsular War…"


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GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2015 4:37 p.m. PST

Anyone know of some good reading regarding these forts?

Ligniere Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member03 Oct 2015 4:45 p.m. PST

From the French perspective you could read Pelet's account of the invasion of Portugal.
I believe there's an Osprey paperback on the lines too – but I haven't read it so can't comment.

Mike the Analyst03 Oct 2015 5:01 p.m. PST

Try "The Lines of Torres Vedras" by John Grehan first published in 2000, ISBN 1-86227-258-1

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2015 11:18 a.m. PST

Pelet's account is excellent and full of detail. The subject Osprey is also excellent and John Grehan's book is well-worth having-an excellent study and full of detail.

There is also an excellent map of the Lines of Torres Vedras in Nick Lipscombe's Peninsular War Atlas. It is Map 76 on page 179.

Rod MacArthur04 Oct 2015 12:15 p.m. PST

I agree that John Grehan's book and the Osprey are both excellent. If you wanted more detail there is a lot in Jones Sieges in Spain, reprinted by Ken Trotman in 1998 (Jones was very involved in the construction of the Lines). As well as all of these I also have an excellent little booklet The Lines of Torres Vedras, published by the British Historical Society of Portugal in 1986. I picked up a copy of this when their Vice-Chairman, Clive Gilbert, acted as our guide on a visit to the Lines a few years ago. As far as maps, I agree with Kevin that Nick Lipscombe's Peninsula War Atlas is excellent, although I find the maps in Ian Robertson's An Atlas of the Peninsula War to be superior (Torres Vedras is on pages 52 & 53).


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