First published in French in Paris 1814, in English 1990 this book presents an account of the Peninsular War from a somewhat different perspective. The writer was a junior officer in Napoleon’s 2nd Regiment of Hussars, and he presents early events in the conflict, such as the march and then Napoleon’s entry into Madrid, as well as subsequent actions, including the pursuit to Corunna. For De Rocca Spain was a totally hostile country, where he was constantly under threat from both the Spanish troops and civilian population. He describes the fighting in fairly uncompromising detail, providing the reader with a vivid account of the Peninsular War. Noted historian Philip Haythornthwaite has provided an interesting introduction to the text and there are four maps.
Stuart Asquith, Author