New, outstanding Peninsular War atlas
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I;ve just received Osprey's The Peninsular War Atlas and I would like to recommend it to any serious student of the Peninsula. It's 384page hardback in elegant slipcover with excellent maps (including those actions in which the British did not participate), lots of orders of battle, and solid bibliography. Looks like a real labor of love by the author and Osprey. Just the thing to go with your Oman collection!
Just ordered my copy. Thanks for the reminder. I'm betting that used copies will go the route of Elting's atlas and sell for $150 and up. Best get your copy while it is new.
My copy is in the mail. I think that Robertson also has a new Peninsular War Atlas out now - has anyone seen or heard about that one? Before now, the only modern atlas on this subject was published by Worley and left a lot to be desired.
I missed this - thanks for highlighting it.
I've got the Elting and the Worley (you're right rudel519 - poorly printed) and have been looking out for a decent Peninsular War atlas for years!
#6, I have to say it's the most impressive atlas I own. Of course it doesn't hurt that it includes the operations of Marshal Suchet & the Arm of Aragon which usually get omitted. Well done Osprey!
The Napoleonic catnip arrived. Truly beautiful maps and a well designed book. The only nitpicks I have are the unfortunate color choice of the Spanish forces whose black is not, at least to my eyes, easy to distinguish from the French blue. It takes a conscious effort to see who is who. The other defect is the near total absence of French sources. It is admirable that the atlas, at last, incorporates the Spanish and Portuguese viewpoints and sources. Now, we only need to include the French (and the Swiss).
While much better than the usual English accounts, he still does not resolve the easy puzzle about the Swiss "surrenders". These were the Swiss regiments in Spanish service (in skyblue uniforms) returning to their original allegiance after having been shanghaied into French service (To complicate matters further, there were also the red-coated Swiss regiments in French, stupidly parceled out into bats and half-bats, and British service in the Peninsula.).
I will probably get the paperback of Peter Snow's newish To War with Wellington when it is published next year, which is the result of a 2008 BBC Radio series about Wellington (I like the old guy, junior not so much).
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