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Badajoz 1812: Wellingtons Bloodiest Siege Ian Fletcher

Badajoz 1812: Wellingtons Bloodiest Siege

Ian Fletcher

Published February 28th 2005
ISBN : 9780275986179
Hardcover
96 pages
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Napoleon once said that fortresses would not stop an army, but they would retard its progress. In the case of the mighty Spanish fortress of Badajoz he was absolutely correct. For not only did it prove to be a very sharp thorn in the side of theMoreNapoleon once said that fortresses would not stop an army, but they would retard its progress. In the case of the mighty Spanish fortress of Badajoz he was absolutely correct. For not only did it prove to be a very sharp thorn in the side of the Allied armys progress in the Peninsula but it cost Wellington the flower of his army in the great assault that finally wrenched it from French hands on the night of 6 April 1812. The assault can hardly be described as successful, accompanied as it was by such great loss of life. Indeed, it was only the sheer determination of Wellingtons men, driving themselves on through a maelstrom of fire against the towns massive walls, that won the day. The fall of Badajoz had terrible consequences for the towns population, and the 72-hour period of debauchery, murder and destruction brought down upon it by Wellingtons victorious soldiers remains one of the most shameful episodes in the long history of the British army. The story of the siege and storming of Badajoz - and of its northern counterpart, Ciudad Rodrigo - is the subject of this fine volume by Ian Fletcher.