The Battle of Barrosa, 1811 (ePub)
Forgotten Battle of the Peninsular War
By the winter of 1810-11, the armies of Napoleon had overrun most of Spain and Joseph Bonaparte sat on the throne in Madrid. Yet the Spanish Government had found refuge in the fortress-port of Cadiz and the Spaniards refused to admit that they had been conquered. With a British army under Sir Thomas Graham helping to defend Cadiz, the Spanish cause seemed certain to prevail.
But then the Spaniards wanted to throw Graham's force into a reckless battle against the French. If the battle was won, the siege of Cadiz would be lifted; if the battle was lost Cadiz would be rendered defenceless and the Spanish government left at the mercy of the invaders.
The opposing forces met on the heights of Barrosa in a battle which Sir John Fortescue, the great historian of the British Army, described as 'one of the bloodiest and one of the most creditable to British troops that is to be found in the history of the Army.' At stake was the very survival of the Spanish nation and the future course of the war against Napoleon.
The Battle of Barrosa is the first book to examine this crucial encounter in detail and to reveal its true historical importance.
As featured in.Gloire & Empire magazine, No.50
The Battle of Barrosa includes three maps which are both extremely detailed and easy to read – a rarity in many histories! One that I found quite useful was the map pinpointing all the batteries, forts, and strongpoints of both the besieged and besiegers. The book closes with a guide to the battlefield and siege works as they are today, plus appendices giving orders-of-battles for the various forces involved in the siege and the Barrosa Campaign.Napoleon Series - Robert Burnham
The Battle of Barrosa is a well written account of an often overlooked, but important aspect of the Peninsular War. It is the best account of the battle written in English that I know of it. The fact that the authors provide so much detail on the siege of Cadiz is an added bonus!
A great read. Beautifully researched book. The story of the Peninsular War leading up to the Battle is well presented. Highly recommended especially if the reader has an opportunity to visit the site and surrounding areas. A perfect guide to the battlefield.Amazon Reviewer - Elaurens
This is an excellent examination of an important but neglected part of the Peninsular War, looking at the heart of Spanish resistance and the British contribution to the successful defence of Cadiz, the longest siege in the Peninsula, and one of the few examples of a successful defence of a city against Napoleon's armies.History of War
This book can be recommended as the best guide to the area for battlefield visitors, it also gives the best account so far of Graham's part in the defeat of Napoleon's ambitions in Spain.The Bulletin
“The importance of Cadiz as a hold-out against the French is well illustrated and the impact that had on French Operations in the Peninsula is displayed.”The Napoleonic Historical Society Newsletter
“While very strongly presented from the British Perspective, enough French and Spanish sources are used to keep some balance”