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With Wellington's Outposts (Hardback)

The Peninsular and Waterloo Letters of John Vandeleur

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By Andrew Bamford
Frontline Books
Pages: 210
ISBN: 9781848327740
Published: 7th April 2015

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'The author has done a quite outstanding job of editing and footnoting this rare memoir . . . this will be of genuine interest to the Peninsular War historian or enthusiast.' Philip Haythornthwaite

John Vandeleur's letters home to his mother are a lively and engaging account of active service during the Napoleonic Wars, recounting everything from day-to-day life on campaign to the experience of pitched battle at Vitoria and Waterloo.

As first a light infantryman and then a light cavalryman, Vandeleur was frequently on the outposts of Wellington's forces, in frequent contact with the French and often obliged to live a rough-and-ready lifestyle as a result. The conditions that he endured, and the camaraderie that sustained him, are vividly recounted in this fascinating collection – previously only available in an extremely rare private publication over a century ago.

Expertly edited and enhanced with contemporary documents and commentary by Andrew Bamford, this is an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the Peninsular War and Waterloo campaign.

This gentleman's letters home to his parents provide a lively and engaging account of active service during the Napoleonic wars.

Military Modelling

This book is a welcome addition to the numerous eyewitness accounts by British officers and men that collectors of such literature will certainly wish to add to their libraries.

Miniature Wargames

What makes these letters unique is that John Vandeleur wrote about his life, both in garrison and on campaign... With Wellington's Outposts is not a book about grand strategy or great events. Instead it tells the story of the daily life of a junior officer in the British Army in Peninsula and at Waterloo... An enjoyable read and because it is from the perspective of a junior officer it will appeal to those interested in the life of a soldier, regardless of the era, as well as those who study the British Army of the Napoleonic Wars.

The Napoleon Series

The Vandelear family has produced a number of generations of soldiers and this book is a sensitively edited collection of letters written by one member of the family who served in both the Peninsular campaigns and at Waterloo. He also served as an aid to his relative Major General John Ormsby Vandelear. A valuable new view of the campaigns and battlers of Wellington from a junior officer.

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About Andrew Bamford

ANDREW BAMFORD was born in Yorkshire and now lives in Derby. He holds a PhD in Military History from the University of Leeds and now works as a freelance historian and writer. As well as extensive magazine work, he is also author of the forthcoming Sickness, Suffering, and the Sword: to be published by the University of Oklahoma Press

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