By Ian Fletcher
Salamanca was once the main decisive conflict of the complete Peninsular warfare. Wellington smashed Marmont's French military and his pursuit of its shattered remnants ended in the recognized cavalry cost of the King's German Legion at Garcia Hernandez. There will be extra years of sieges and difficult battling earlier than the Iron Duke crossed the Pyrenees into France, yet from Salamanca the British and their Portuguese and Spanish allies regularly had the higher hand. during this e-book Ian Fletcher describes the brutal struggle for Salamanca in attention-grabbing aspect.
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