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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2020 4:25 p.m. PST

…Battles of Arroyomolinos and Almaraz 1811-1812

"Rowland Hill was one of the Duke of Wellington's most trusted subordinates, known for caring deeply for the welfare of his men, but the battles of Arroyomolinos (1811) and Almaraz (1812) show that he was far more than just ‘Daddy Hill' and a safe pair of hands. He was also a general of considerable skill and daring. At Arroyomolinos he led his troops for days through appalling weather to outmaneuver and then decimate an entire French division in a perfectly conceived surprise attack. At Almaraz he advanced far from allied lines to capture and then destroy a vital French bridge, overcoming considerable logistical challenges and substantial defenses, and paving the way for Wellington's victory at Salamanca…"

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