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The iron duke : a military biography of Wellington
James, Lawrence, 1943-
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London : Pimlico, 2002, 1992.
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x, 306 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations maps ; 24 cm
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"First published in Great Britain by George Weidenfield & Nicolson Limited 1992." -- verso T.p.

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DA68.12.W4 J36 1992 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"Lord Wellington don't know how to lose a battle." This view of a soldier at Waterloo became the judgment of the world on the man who was hailed as the first general of his age. At Waterloo, Wellington defeated Napoleon, the master of war, finally checking the disruptive forces of the French Revolution that had troubled Europe for over two decades. He taught himself the art of war in India, where his hard-fought victories helped lay the foundations of the British Raj. His armies liberated Portugal and Spain, shattered the myth of French invincibility, and inspired the people of Europe to oppose Napoleon. Largely drawn from original sources, this first-rate biography follows the life of Wellington the soldier, explaining how he waged war, how he inspired the men he commanded, and how he brought peace to Europe.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Part 1 1769-1793p. 1
1 A Sprig of the Nobility: 1769-1790p. 3
2 Gallic Breezes: 1790-1793p. 12
Part 2 1793-1795p. 17
1 Force and Menace, Aided by Fraud and Corruptionp. 19
2 The Mechanism and Power of the Individual Soldierp. 31
3 How Not to Wage War: Belgium and Holland, 1794-1795p. 42
Part 3 1795-1805p. 53
1 A Certain Fortune: 1795-1798p. 55
2 Light and Quick Movements: 1799p. 66
3 Something More Than a Fighting Machine: 1799-1802p. 76
4 Wellesley Badahur: 1803-1805p. 83
Part 4 1805-1808p. 101
1 An End to the Old World: 1805-1808p. 103
2 I Am Not Afraid of Them: Portugal, 1808p. 111
Part 5 1809-1812p. 125
1 Acute and Decisive Talents for Command: The Road to Talavera, 1809p. 127
2 No Brilliant Event: Spain and Portugal, August 1809-September 1810p. 140
3 Lions at Bay: Portugal, September 1810-December 1811p. 151
Part 6 163
1 Lord Wellington Don't Know How to Lose a Battle: The Commander and His Menp. 165
2 Laborious Attention: Wellington's Logisticsp. 180
3 The Other Side of the Hill: Intelligence and Weaponsp. 189
Part 7 1812-1815p. 201
1 The Most Successful Campaign: Spain, 1812p. 203
2 The First General of Our Present Age: Spain and France, 1813-April 1814p. 220
3 The Finger of God: Waterloo, 1815p. 241
Part 8 1815-1852p. 265
1 The Nation's Servant-of-All-Work: 1815-1852p. 267
Notes and Sourcesp. 276
Indexp. 297