History Of The War In The Peninsula And In The South Of France Volume 4; From A. D. 1807 To A

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bySir William Francis Patrick Napier

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 Excerpt: ...the confluence-of the Esla: and all these surprising exertions had been made merely to gain a fair field of battle! But if Napoleon's instructions had been worked out by the King during the winter, this great movement could not have succeeded; for the insurrection in the north would have been crushed, or so far quelled, that sixty thousand French infantry and ten thousand cavalry with one hundred and twenty pieces of artillery would have been disposable. Such a force held in an offensive position on the Tormes would have compelled Wellington to adopt a different plan of campaign. If concentrated between the Duero and the Esla it would have baffled him on those rivers, because operations effectual against thirty-five thousand infantry would have been powerless againt sixty thousand. Joseph said he could not put down the insurrection, he could not feed such large armies; a thousand obstacles arose on every side which he could not overcome; in fine he could not execute his brother's instructions. They could have been executed notwithstanding. Activity, the taking time by the forelock, would have quelled the insurrection; and for the feeding of the troops, the boundless Tierras de Campos where the armies were now operating were covered with the ripening harvest; the only difficulty was to subsist the French who were not engaged in the northern provinces during the winter. Joseph could not find the means though Soult told him they were at hand, because difficulties overpowered him; they would not have overpowered Napoleon; but the difference between a common general and a great captain is immense, the one is victorious when the other is defeated. Now was the field clear for the shock of battle. Wellington had ninety thousand men, with more than a hundred pieces ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 Excerpt: ...the confluence-of the Esla: and all these surprising exertions had been made merely to gain a fair field of battle! But if Napol...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:230 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.48 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217494757

ISBN - 13:9780217494755

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