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  • Louisbourg 1758: Wolfe's First Siegeby Rene Chartrand

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 15.95

    Louisbourg represented a major threat to Anglo-American plans to invade Canada. Bypassing it would leave an immensely powerful enemy base astride the Anglo-American lines of communication - Louisbourg had to be taken. Faced with strong beach defences and rough weather, it took six days to land the troops, and it was only due to a stroke of daring... more...

  • Vimeiro 1808: Wellesley's First Victory in the Peninsularby Rene Chartrand

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 15.95

    On 2 August 1808 a British army of 14,000 men began landing north of Lisbon under the command of Sir Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington. They were coming to assist the Portuguese, Britain's oldest ally, to liberate their country from its French occupiers. Within a month Wellesley was to win two victories over the French at the battles... more...

  • Bussaco 1810: Wellington defeats Napoleon's Marshalsby Rene Chartrand

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 15.95

    By 1810, Napoleon reigned supreme over most of continental Europe. But the Iberian Peninsula remained unsubdued, particularly Portugal, which continued to resist. Napoleon ordered Marshal Massena to crush this resistance with the Army of Portugal. Greatly strengthened, Massena's army would drive the Portuguese and British into the sea. Facing the... more...

  • Fuentes de O-oro 1811: Wellington's liberation of Portugalby Rene Chartrand

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 15.95

    In October 1810 the Allied position in Portugal appeared precarious. Despite defeating Marshal Massena's French army at Bussaco, Wellington had been forced to retreat to within a few miles of Lisbon. Here the French encountered a massive line of fortifications stretching from the River Tagus to the sea. Built amid great secrecy and on Wellington's... more...

  • Monongahela 1754-55: Washington's defeat, Braddock's disasterby Rene Chartrand

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 15.95

    On 9 July 1755 amid the wilderness of North America, Britain suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in her history. General Braddock's army, a mixture of British regulars and American militia, was shattered, losing over 900 men from a force of 1,300. Braddock was killed and the remnants of his army rescued by his aide, Colonel George Washington.... more...

  • American War of Independence Commandersby Rene Chartrand

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 14.95

    The commanders who led the opposing armies of the American War of Independence came from remarkably different backgrounds. They included not only men from Britain and America, but from Germany, France and Spain as well. Some were from the great families of the Old World, while others were frontiersmen or farmers in the New World. Despite their differing... more...

  • Spanish Guerrillas in the Peninsular War 1808-14by Rene Chartrand

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 14.95

    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... more...

  • French Fortresses in North America 1535-1763: Quebec, Montreal, Louisbourg and New Orleansby Rene Chartrand

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 13.95

    Following the discovery of America by Columbus in 1492, European colonists brought their system of fortification to the New World in an attempt to ensure their safety and consolidate their conquests. French and British explorers came later to North America, and thus the establishment of their sizeable settlements only got under way during the 17th... more...

  • The Forts of New France in Northeast America 1600-1763by Rene Chartrand

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 13.95

    New France' consisted of the area colonized and ruled by France in North America. This title takes a look at the lengthy chain of forts built by the French to guard the frontier in the American northeast, including Sorel, Chambly, St Jean, Carillon (Ticonderoga), Duquesne (Pittsburgh, PA), and Vincennes. These forts were of two types: the major stone... more...

  • The Spanish Army in North America 1700-1793by Rene Chartrand

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 13.95

    Long before England established a serious presence in the New World, Spain had already established an overseas Empire. In North America, this included vast tracts of territory including most of what today comprises the states of Florida, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Alabama, Illinois and California. In later years, as the British and the French... more...