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  • Oldest Allies - Alcantara 1809by Rene Chartrand

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 9.95

    Although somewhat overshadowed by Wellington's main campaign in the north, the Alcantara raid was an outstanding success. The primary objective of alarming and distracting the French forces in Spain was achieved. Furthermore, the raiders also succeeded in preventing a French incursion into Portugal and tied down one of Napoleon's best marshals. There... more...

  • Tomahawk and Musket - French and Indian Raids in the Ohio Valley 1758by Rene Chartrand

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 9.95

    In 1758, at the height of the French and Indian War, British Brigadier General John Forbes led his army on a methodical advance against Fort Duquesene, French headquarters in the Ohio valley. As his army closed in upon the fort, he sent Major Grant of the 77th Highlanders and 850 men on a reconnaissance in force against the fort. The French, alerted... more...

  • Forts of the War of 1812by Rene Chartrand

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    When war broke out between the United States and Great Britain in 1812, neither side was prepared for the conflict, as evidenced by their respective fortifications. The most sophisticated and modern fortifications were those built by the US Corps of Engineers to protect some of the main port cities. These included Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, Fort... more...

  • 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...