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The Peninsular War - Wellington's Battlefields Revisited (Hardback)

Colour Books Military > Pre-WWI > Napoleonic > Peninsular War P&S History > British History

By Ian Fletcher
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781848845299
Published: 9th July 2012



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In 1994 Ian Fletcher published his book Fields of Fire, which was the first book to show Wellington's Peninsular War battlefields in full colour. Now, almost 20 years on, he returns with a second book, The Peninsular War: Wellington's Battlefields Revisited which shows how things have changed since 1994. The beautiful photographs cover all of Wellington's major battles, and many smaller engagements also, to show them in all their glory, from the snowy Galician mountains, to the dry, dusty plain of Salamanca, and from the low rolling slopes of Albuera to the breathtaking Pyrenees. Coming as it does in the middle of the 200th anniversary of the Peninsular War, this book is a timely reminder of one of the most successful campaigns ever fought by the British Army.

Ian Fletcher proves the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. No matter how well written a history or a memoir is there is nothing like a photograph when describing terrain. Ian Fletcher’s superb photography often makes it much easier to understand what is written in the histories... This book is a must for those who follow the Peninsular War.

The Napoleon Series - September 2012 - reviewed by Robert Burnham

Excellent colour photography. It scores highly on quality, with some stunning photographs of the wild and rugged battlefields of the war. This is a very attractive book that also gives the reader a much clearer image of the Peninsular battlefields, and that thus acts as a good companion to any general history of the war.


The book has been compiled to present the story of the Peninsular War in a very attractive format. The selection of photographs take the reader on a pictorial journey through the Peninsular campaign, and the picture captions add to the story. This book is a good companion for those visiting the Peninsular War battlefields.

Waterloo Journal

Ian Fletcher's 1994 book...has revisited the sites of that war under the title: The Peninsular War, Wellington's Battlefields Revisited. Quite a bit has changed over the last twenty years and this is shown with 145 colour photos of all the major battlefields and very many of the smaller ones...in this essential companion for all visitors to the peninsular battlefields where so much can still be seen but only for those who know where to look. This book shows how.

The Bulletin - Military Historical Society

This is a fine picture book and one that I know that we will use frequently—commencing with our game of Salamanca later this year—to provide tips regarding terrain. A valuable edition to the library.
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About Ian Fletcher

Ian Fletcher is a Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society and a leading authority on the Peninsular War and Wellington’s army. Born in London in 1957, his first book, In Hell Before Daylight, was published in 1984, since when he has written or edited twenty-four others, including Galloping at Everything, The Crimean War: A Clash of Empires, and Wellington’s Regiments. He worked on the BBC’s Decisive Weapons series, the History Channel’s Line of Fire and Sharpe's War series and Channel 4's series Revolutionary Armies. He has also appeared on Russian and Ukrainian television as part of an award-winning 4-part documentary series on the Crimean War.

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