Corunna 1809

Corunna 1809

Sir John Moore’s Fighting Retreat

Campaign 83
  • Author: Philip Haythornthwaite
  • Illustrator: Christa Hook
  • Short code: CAM 83
  • Publication Date: 25 Feb 2001
  • Number of Pages: 96
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The retreat to Corunna is one of the epic campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars. Late in 1808 Sir John Moore found himself virtually alone with his small British army deep inside Spain. The armies of his Spanish allies had been overwhelmed and he faced a victorious French force under the Emperor Napoleon. He had little option but to order a retreat to the port of Corunna. This became the most arduous of trials with armies traversing mountainous terrain over appalling roads in the depths of winter. Somehow Moore held his outnumbered, exhausted men together as they struggled to reach safety. Finally at Corunna Moore's army turned to face its tormentors.

Biographical Note

Philip Haythornthwaite is an expert on the Napoleonic Wars with a worldwide reputation. He has written some 40 books, more than 20 for Osprey including Warrior 22 Imperial Guardsman 1799-1815, but still finds time to indulge himself in his other great passion - cricket.Christa Hook is one of Osprey's most popular illustrators, a reputation justly deserved given the perfect blend of attention to detail and narrative realisation that penetrates her work. Her work for Osprey to date includes Warrior 18 Knight of Outremer 1187-1344 AD, and Campaign 70 Marengo 1800 - Napoleon's Day of Fate.

Contents

Spain: October 1808
The Opposing Commanders
The Opposing Armies
Moore's advance
The Emperor arrives
Sahagun
Benavente
A Hard Road
Brought to Bay
The ultimate price
Aftermath
Corunna Today
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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