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The Forgotten War Against Napoleon (Hardback)

Conflict in the Mediterranean

Napoleonic Peninsular War

By Gareth Glover
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 265
ISBN: 9781473833951
Published: 26th June 2017

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The campaigns fought against Napoleon in the Iberian peninsula, in France, Germany, Italy and Russia and across the rest of Europe have been described and analysed in exhaustive detail, yet the history of the fighting in the Mediterranean has rarely been studied as a separate theatre of the conflict. Gareth Glover sets this right with a compelling account of the struggle on land and at sea for control of a region that was critical for the outcome of the Napoleonic Wars. The story of this twenty-year conflict is illustrated with numerous quotes from a large number of primary sources, many of which are published here for the first time.

For the wargamer, a useful source for information for scenarios in the Napoleonic period. For the general reader of history, a useful summary of what went on in the Mediterranean during the Napoleonic Wars.

Read the complete review here.

Thomo's Hole - reviewed by Ian Thompson

Tremendous work.

History of Royals, November 2017

Basis of 3 page article on the capture of Capri

For those bored of replaying the sane old Napoleonic, this is an absolute goldmine. I've been cheeky enough to get many of my ideas for the Capri scenario in this issue from this book!

Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy October/November 2017 - by Mark Backhouse

When I finished this book I was sorry it wasn't longer. It is a tour de force and reminded me of areas which I now want to revisit and to read more about in greater detail. It is an excellent overview.

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Clash of Steel

This book provides a well-researched overview of the numerous actions in the Mediterranean during the period, ranging across Eastern Spain, the South of France, Italy, the Adriatic coastline, North Africa, Egypt, the border regions of the Russian and Ottoman empires.
The reader will be inspired to study more extensively those conflicts which have been covered in wider detail by other authors, for instance the Siege of Toulon, the French Expedition to Egypt and Syria, the French invasion of Eastern Spain, the Russo-Turkish War and the Battle of Maida. More ambitious readers may even be inspired to research and produce works on the conflicts which have been less well known or documented, like those involving Dalmatia and the Adriatic coast or the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

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Justin Howard, 1/72 Scale Plastic Napoleonic Figures

With a good balance between being engaging for a mass audience, whilst also shedding light on a little known topic in a way that will excite and educate academics, this book is thoroughly recommended - written history doesn't get much better than this.

Zack White, PhD Student, University of Southampton

Those who enjoyed Mr Glover’s Fighting Napoleon: The Recollections of Lieutenant John Hildebrand 35th Foot in the Mediterranean and Waterloo Campaigns (Pen & Sword, 2017), which I reviewed earlier, will certainly want to read this book to discover the background to his adventures.

Reviewed by Arthur Harman for Miniature Wargames

The campaigns fought against Napoleon in the Iberian peninsula, in France, Germany, Italy and Russia and across the rest of Europe have been described and analysed in detail, yet the history of the fighting in the Mediterranean has rarely been studied as a separate theatre of the conflict. Glover, a former Royal Navy officer, presents an insightful and absorbing account of the struggle on land and at sea for control of a region that was critical for the outcome of the Napoleonic Wars. An important contribution to our understanding of a fundamentally pivotal period in history.

Julian Stockwin action-adventure historical fiction

Simply put, this is an excellent addition to the Napoleonic bookshelf, which dealing as it does with a relatively unknown aspect of the conflict, is most welcome. Highly recommended.

Stuart Asquith
 Gareth Glover

About Gareth Glover

Gareth Glover a former Royal Navy Officer who lives in Cardiff. He has studied the Napoleonic wars for 30 years and gained a reputation as the foremost authority on British archive material.

He has brought more than 20 previously unpublished Napoleonic memoirs into the public domain.

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