Vittoria 1813

Vittoria 1813

Wellington Sweeps the French from Spain

Campaign 59
  • Author: Ian Fletcher
  • Illustrator: Bill Younghusband
  • Short code: CAM 59
  • Publication Date: 27 Nov 1998
  • Number of Pages: 96
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Despite Wellington's success against Marmont's army at Salamanca in July, the year of 1812 ended in bitter disappointment for the British. However, a year later Wellington's series of brilliant manoeuvres threw the French onto the defensive on all fronts, culminating in the final victory at Vittoria: 90,000 men and 90 guns attacking in four mutually supporting columns. The French centre gave way and both flanks were turned, their army finally breaking in flight towards Pamplona. Any French hopes of maintaining their position in the Peninsular were crushed forever. On 7 October the British set foot on the 'sacred soil' of' Napoleon's France.

Biographical Note

Ian Fletcher has established a reputation as a Napoleonic historian of the first rank, particularly on the British army in the Peninsular. He has been widely published and among his several titles for Osprey are Elite 52 Wellington's Foot Guards and Campaign 59 Vittoria 1813. Bill Younghusband was born in 1936. He was educated in Devon and studied at Newton Abbot College of Art. He has been interested in all things military since childhood, and this interest was compounded through the reading of authors such as G.A. Henty. In 1954 he joined the Life Guards and saw service in Egypt and Cyprus. Bill is a respected military illustrator of more than 15 years experience, and has illustrated many Osprey books including Men-at-Arms 299 Austrian Auxiliary Troops 1792-1816 and Campaigns 48 Salamanca 1812. He is married with one daughter and currently lives in Ireland.

Contents

The War in the Peninsula The Vittoria Campaign
The Opposing Commanders
Order of Battle
The Battle of Vittoria
Aftermath
The Battlefield Today
Wargaming Vittoria
Further Reading

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