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79thPA Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2022 11:57 a.m. PST

Looking for feedback. Thanks.


JimDuncanUK28 Mar 2022 1:41 p.m. PST

Not aware of this story line.

Book is currently just over £23.00 GBP on Amazon so outside my normal book budget.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2022 4:49 p.m. PST

Familiar with the event but not the book. Shows what maritime dominance can achieve.

Mollinary29 Mar 2022 2:52 a.m. PST

I seem to remember one of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels covered this?

arthur181529 Mar 2022 4:53 a.m. PST

I've read it. The book is a carefully researched, detailed account of an interesting operation by the Royal Navy to bring Romana's troops back to Spain.

Whether it had any significant effect on the Peninsular War is another matter.

BillyNM29 Mar 2022 7:25 a.m. PST

I have the book and agree with arthur1815 that is seems well reearched but I found it a pretty dry read. Are there specific questions you want answered?

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2022 7:38 a.m. PST

Not really. It sounds like an interesting topic, but it seems to be a little pricey for a book of its size. I know, you are paying for the information. It just seems to be one of those little written about (in English, anyway) episodes of the era. I've got a soft spot for oddball stuff.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2022 12:17 p.m. PST

Oman did it twice, I think. Briefly in his Peninsular War, and in more detail in his Studies in the Napoleonic Wars.

But successful and nearly bloodless evacuations don't leave you with much to wargame.

I'd pay that money much for a book on Hobkirk's Hill, but I suspect the problem there is a shortage of material rather than an absence of research.

WKeyser05 Apr 2022 10:47 p.m. PST

It is 26 USD on the Helion web site.

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