History Of The War In The Peninsula (volume 5); And In The South Of France, From The Year 1807 To…

Paperback | February 1, 2012

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. 1851. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. BATTLES OF THE PYRENEES.. Combat of Roncevalles.--On the 23rd, Soult issued an order of the day remarkable for its force and frankness. Tracing with a rapid pen the leading events of the past campaign, he said the disasters had sprung from the incapacity of the king, not from the weakness of the soldiers, whose military virtue he justly extolled, inflaming their haughty courage by allusions to former glories. This address has been by writers, who disgrace English literature with unfounded aspersions of a courageous enemy, treated as unseemly boasting as to his intended operations; but the calumny is refuted by the following passage from his despatch to the minister at war. '/ sluatt move directly upon Pampeluna; if I succeed in relieving it I will operate towards my right, to embarrass the enemy's troops in Guipuscoa, Biscay, andAlava; and to enable the reserve to join me, which will relieve St. Sebastian and Santona. If this should ltappen I will then consider what is to be done, either to push my own attack or to Jtelp tlie army of Aragon, but to look so far ahead would now be temerity.' Here he puts every point hypothetically, and though conscious of superior abilities he did not suppress the sentiment of his own worth as a commander and was too proud to depreciate brave adversaries on the eve of battle. 'Let us not,' he said, 'defraud the enemy of tlte praise which is due to him. The dispositions of the general have been prompt skilful and consecutive; the valour and steadiness of his troops have been praiseworthy.' Having thus stimulated the ardour of his troops he put himself at the head of Clausel's divisions at daylight the 25th, and led them up against the rocks of Altobiscar. Byng, warned the evening before that danger was near and je...

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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. 1851. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. BATTLES OF THE PYRENEES.. Combat of Roncevalles.--On the 23rd, Soult issued an order of the day remarkable for its ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.34 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217929656

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