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horrific events at Badajoz and the lead-up to that bloody night
on the 6th April 1812 are superbly covered in Ian Fletcher's Badajoz
well-respected author explains the strategic importance of the
fortresses of Spain and Portugal, the opposing commanders and
their plans, and the French and allied forces.
also devotes a chapter to siege work during the Napoleonic Wars
that gives readers an excellent insight into how armies went about
both attacking and defending fortresses.
two key sieges covered by Fletcher are Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz.
Duke of Wellington wanted Ciudad Rodrigo to give him command over
the northern corridor between Spain and Portugal and with French
armies nearby he was determined to take the citadel quickly.
four days of bombardment and the opening of two breaches the British
went in for the assault and after bloody fighting won the town.
Their losses were just over 1000 dead and wounded, one of those
killed was General Robert Craufurd.
you would expect more than one third of the book is devoted to
the siege of Badajoz and that allows Fletcher to explain the strength
of the fortifications, the excellent defensive works carried out
by the French commander General Phillipon, the British trenchworks
and siting of the siege batteries.
he follows the bombardment, the seizing of the important outlying
forts and then the night of the bloody assault that would cost
almost 3500 Allied casualties.
would-be tourists to the battlefields, Fletcher lets you know
the state of the towns today and what remains of the key strategic
points. He also includes how to wargame the battles for the fortresses.
Inside Badajoz 1812 are excellent maps, pictures of the
fortress - then and now - and eyewitness drawings.
is a great reference book that will add to the knowledge of the
may also want to check out Fortresses
of the Peninsular War, 1808 to 1814.
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