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The Key to Lisbon

The Third French Invasion of Portugal, 1810-11

The Key to Lisbon : The Third French Invasion of Portugal, 1810-11

Series : From Reason to Revolution 1721-1815 #30

Author : Kenton White

Hardback Helion & Company 245mm x 170mm 256 pages 13 b/w photos, 11 maps

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This study details the preparation, planning and execution of the invasion of Portugal in 1810 by the French Armée de Portugal under Marshal Massena, and the defensive measures taken by the British and their Portuguese and Spanish allies. It also covers the practice of all armies involved during this campaign, working from original sources. These sources provide a different interpretation of some key aspects of the campaign to those which are generally accepted. The work focusses on the strategic, operational, and tactical planning undertaken by both sides in preparation for the invasion, and the actual progress of the campaign. A narrative of the battles and sieges, with analysis at the tactical-level, also brings out the differences in planning and intelligence gathering. This particular campaign is important as it has attracted little attention from historians, and was crucial as a turning point in the Peninsular War. This was the last time that Portugal was invaded by the French during the Peninsular War, and the allies’ handling of the campaign contrasted sharply with that of the French. Its success also gave Wellington political security against the ‘croakers’ back in England. The research demonstrates the difficulties both armies had in prosecuting their plans during the campaign, and highlights the stark differences in the approach taken by each commander.

 

“This is a carefully researched, scholarly book with numerous footnotes on most pages referring to an eleven-page bibliography, rather than a ‘popular’ history for the general reader. Wargamers who wish to recreate this campaign, rather than simply refight Bucaco, but do not already possess Oman or Fortescue will find this book an invaluable guide to the opposing commanders’ strategies, plans of operation, use of maps and intelligence and employment of engineers; those who do will still find it offers several different perspectives on the campaign and an analysis that is well worth reading. “ Miniature Wargames

Additional Information

Publisher
Helion & Company
ISBN
9781911628521
Date of Publication
March 2019
Binding
Hardback
Book Size
245mm x 170mm
Pages
256 pages
Images
13 b/w photos, 11 maps
Language
English text
Helion Book Code
HEL1046
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