Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The Peninsular War, 1807-1814 by Michael Glover is a highly readable and informative history of this series of campaigns in the Napoleonic wars. I was particularly glad to see coverage of the operations before Wellington entered the peninsula as well as battles that didn't directly involved his army. The one major drawback is that there is almost no coverage of the Spanish guerrillas. Glover tries to excuse this by saying it wouldn't fit into a logical narrative. I find this rather debatable. Even with that criticism this is an excellent book on the topic with very clear descriptions of the battles and sieges. There are short biographical sketches of major and minor figures. There is also a section on further reading as well as a bibliography.