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Wellington's Two-Front War: The Peninsular Campaigns, at Home and Abroad, 1808-1814 (Campaigns and Commanders Series) Hardcover – April 15, 2011


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  • Series: Campaigns and Commanders Series (Book 29)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (April 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806141573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806141572
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,037,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great Britain’s seven year campaign against the French in Spain and Portugal (the Peninsula), has gotten considerable attention from both scholars, soldiers and scribblers of historical fiction for the past two hundred years. Yet no one (excluding the latter class of writers), until now,has focused on the battles that Lord Wellington fought with his own superiors, the Whig Party and even his own brother, Richard, who harbored his own political ambitions. In addition to these roadblocks were the economic problems facing England. By 1811, the cost of prosecuting the war had jumped to over £10 million; at the same time, revolts in South America were creating a world wide shortage of precious metals, specifically gold and silver. To hamper further Britain’s access to precious metals, France had, in early 1810, occupied and controlled Spanish silver mines in the southern portion of the peninsula. More demands on Britain’s gold reserves occurred in 1812, with the onset of war with the United States and Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. 

This second front would prove to be almost as difficult to win as the one against the French. Wellington, from a Northern Irish landowning family, was an easy target for certain newspapers and his victorious campaigns in India were viewed by the British high command as a minor achievement. 

This is a very interesting and informative look at the effects on strategy of home policies, bureaucracy and press scrutiny; war in a faraway place always under a microscope, especially today. —Past in Review

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Joshua Moon is a Major in the U.S. Army. Formerly Assistant Professor of History at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he now serves in Texas.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beach Lover 23 on May 27, 2014
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Awesome account of The Two front war. I recommend this read to anyone interested in Wellington. Get on it, pronto!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By david l. poremba VINE VOICE on October 18, 2011
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Great Britain's seven year campaign against the French in Spain and Portugal (the Peninsula), has gotten considerable attention from both scholars, soldiers and scribblers of historical fiction for the past two hundred years. Yet no one (excluding the latter class of writers), until now, has focused on the battles that Lord Wellington fought with his own superiors, the Whig Party and even his own brother, Richard, who harbored his own political ambitions. In addition to these roadblocks were the economic problems facing England. By 1811, the cost of prosecuting the war had jumped to over £10 million; at the same time, revolts in South America were creating a world wide shortage of precious metals, specifically gold and silver. To hamper further Britain's access to precious metals, France had, in early 1810, occupied and controlled Spanish silver mines in the southern portion of the peninsula. More demands on Britain's gold reserves occurred in 1812, with the onset of war with the United States and Napoleon's invasion of Russia.
This second front would prove to be almost as difficult to win as the one against the French. Wellington, from a Northern Irish landowning family, was an easy target for certain newspapers and his victorious campaigns in India were viewed by the British high command as a minor achievement.
This is a very interesting and informative look at the effects on strategy of home policies, bureaucracy and press scrutiny; war in a faraway place always under a microscope, especially today.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. A. Nofi on October 31, 2012
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An excerpt from the review on StrategyPage.Com:

"In Wellington's Two-Front War, Moon, an active duty US Army officer and professor of history at USMA, focuses not on the traditional story, of battles, marches, and sieges, but rather on probing the wonderfully fragmented "system" that saw no fewer than four essentially independent agencies responsible for various aspects of raising, equipping, sustaining, transporting, and administering the British Army. For example, artillery, engineers, fortifications, military supplies, transport, field hospitals and more were not under the authority of the Commander-in-Chief of the Forces, but rather that of the Master General of the Ordnance, while there was also an independent Paymaster General, and so forth. Each of these departments was subject to political, social, familial, and personal pressures and prejudices. So while there is much bloodshed and battle in Moon's book, the real meat is in Wellington's fights with the bureaucrats, politicians, snobs, and penny pinchers back home."

For the balance of the review, see StrategyPage.Com.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Davis on November 2, 2012
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THIS LETTER, PASSED AROUND BY MARINE GENERAL HOLLAND SMITH IN JULY '42, APPEARS ON THE WALLS OR DESKS OF MANY MILITARY OFFICERS - - - -

" Spain 1810
Secretary of State for War

My Lord:

If I attempted to answer the mass of futile correspondence that surrounds me, I should be debarred from all serious business of campaigning.

I must remind your Lordship--for the last time--that so long as I retain an independent position, I shall see that no officer under my Command is debarred, by attending to the futile drivelling of mere quill driving in your Lordship's office--from attending to his first duty--which is, and always has been, so to train the private men under his command that they may, without question, beat any force opposed to them in the field.

I am
Your obedient Servant

Wellington "

- - - CHUCK DAVIS - U.S. MARINES
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