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Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2018 9:36 a.m. PST

I'm almost finished reading Muir's Salamanca for the second time. And wondering if there are other books of good quality dealing with other battles. Like Vittoria?

olicana12 Oct 2018 10:22 a.m. PST

Try Peter Edwards. He writes well.

ConnaughtRanger12 Oct 2018 12:57 p.m. PST

Or David Buttery – very readable.

Lascaris12 Oct 2018 6:22 p.m. PST

Not a book on a specific battle but I'm halfway through Nick Lipscomb's "The Peninsulat War Atlas" and I'm really enjoying it. All the maps you could ever hope for and a reasonable, if brief, text to go with the maps.

Personal logo oldbob Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2018 8:55 p.m. PST

Here one"Galloping at Everything" by I. Fletcher, British Cavalry in the Peninsular war. Might interest you!

Mike the Analyst13 Oct 2018 3:01 a.m. PST

Andrew Field Talavera is a good one.

Sir Able Brush Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2018 6:01 a.m. PST

I agree with Lascaris – the Atlas is really useful

Aethelflaeda was framed13 Oct 2018 9:38 a.m. PST

Oman remains one of the best.

Timmo uk13 Oct 2018 12:48 p.m. PST

Oman is epic and throughly recommended.

Crow Bait13 Oct 2018 1:55 p.m. PST

Oman's are free on Project Gutenburg.

21eRegt15 Oct 2018 6:35 a.m. PST

Although not a specific battle, I thoroughly enjoyed recently reading "Wellington's Worst Scrape: The Burgos Campaign" by Carole Divall. "Albuera 1811" by Guy Dempsey is excellent in my opinion and "The Battle of Barossa 1811" by John Grehan and Martin Mace gave me a lot of new insights into the battle.

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2018 10:13 a.m. PST

For Vittoria, Ian Fletcher, "Vittoria 1813: Wellington Sweeps the French from Spain", it's an Osprey. It's about the only book in the last 100 years that covers just that battle.

You might also like to consult Bruce Collins "Wellington and the Siege of San Sebastian".

Lord Hill15 Oct 2018 10:33 a.m. PST

One of the best-written books on the period is British Sieges of the Peninsula War by Frederick Myatt. Of course, it only covers the seiges (!), but is an excellent read.

Caroline Duvall's book on Burgos is also excellent, but sadly pretty much everything else published by Pen & Sword (e.g. Fletcher's Galloping at Everything) is usually ruined by a total lack of proofreading and therefore ridden with silly mistakes, typos etc.

For Corunna, I really enjoyed Christopher Hibbert's book.

ConnaughtRanger15 Oct 2018 12:12 p.m. PST

And another vote for Carole Divall's book on the Burgos campaign – does a great job of putting a much mis-represented campaign in perspective.

Prince of Essling22 Oct 2018 6:51 a.m. PST

For Salamanca – see "Wellington's Masterpiece" by J P Lawford and Peter Young

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