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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2018 3:48 p.m. PST

"Here are two accounts of the battle of Albuera by officers in the UhlanVistula Legion lancers. Both accounts were translated by Mark Tadeusz Łałowski and edited by Jonathan North.

The first account is by Kajetan Wojciechowski, 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Lancer Regiment of the Vistula Legion, and it describes the participation of his regiment in the battle of Albuera. It is an extract from Pamiętniki moje w Hiszpanii; first printed in 1845 (Warsaw), and reprinted in 1978 (Warsaw).

On the afternoon of 15 May 1811 we came across a huge, dense forest, through which the dragoons advanced as skirmishers whilst we pushed along the road through the middle. On the other side of the forest we saw the village of Albuera, on the right bank of the river of the same name, and with the bridge leading to it. Beyond the river the hills stretched towards a vast range of rocky mountains, and we observed that large numbers of infantry, dark masses of cavalry and artillery and a chain of outposts and pickets had been drawn up waiting. Then the sun began to set, and we, having established our camp, lit our fires. Of all the evils endured by the cavalry the very worst is when the horses are tired of riding and starving of hunger. I was just contemplating such sad realities, staring at the fire, when the order came to be ready at dawn for an inspection by our commanders. Having eaten a piece of rotten meat with my comrades and having drunk a glass of brandy, I fell asleep calmly…."
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Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2018 4:02 a.m. PST

I would highly recommend anything on the period, or any other period for that matter, written by Jonathan North. He has done significant research on the period and his books are excellent.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2018 11:04 a.m. PST

Thanks Kevin.


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