Spanish Guerrillas in the Peninsular War 1808–14

Spanish Guerrillas in the Peninsular War 1808–14

Elite 108
  • Author: René Chartrand
  • Illustrator: Richard Hook
  • Short code: ELI 108
  • Publication Date: 25 May 2004
  • Number of Pages: 64
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Constant Spanish guerrilla activity so drained the resources and diverted the attention of the French military that Wellington was able to advance against and overcome a numerically superior enemy. So many French soldiers were being used to counter the guerrillas and the threat that they posed that less than a third of the French army could be tasked with confronting Wellington. This book brings to life, for the first time, the formation, tactics and experiences of the Spanish guerrilla forces that fought Napoleon's army. Using much previously unpublished material, it offers a vivid description of the guerrilla and his lifestyle.

Biographical Note

René Chartrand was born in Montreal and educated in Canada, the US and the Bahamas. A senior curator with Canada's National Historic Sites for nearly three decades, he is now a freelance writer and historical consultant. He has written numerous articles and books including some 20 Osprey titles. He lives in Hull, Quebec, with his wife and two sons.Richard Hook was born in 1938 and trained at Reigate College of Art. After national service, he became art editor of the much-praised magazine ‘Finding Out.' He has worked as a freelance illustrator ever since, earning an international reputation particularly for his deep knowledge of Native American material culture. Richard currently lives in Sussex.


Introduction Insurrections in Spain from 1808 Chronology The Rise and Spread of the Guerrillas Why become a Guerrilla? Guerrilla Bands and Leaders Weapons and Clothing Tactics Cruelty and Revenge The guerrillas and the British The overall impact of the Guerrillas The end of the Guerrillas After the war

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