GRIFFON DE PLEINVILLE Natalia, Chiclana-Barrosa, 5 March 1811: The Eagles in Andalusia
Description: February 1811. Marshal Victor had besieged the Spanish city of Cádiz for a year. Generals Manuel de Lapeña and Thomas Graham, at the head of Spanish and British troops, disembarked at Algeciras and at Tarifa and led their men towards Chiclana in order to attack the French lines from the rear. On 5 March, the opposing armies ran into each other on ground overlooked by the Bermeja and the Barrosa towers ; the latter giving its name to the battle. The French troops commanded by Generals Villatte, Leval and Ruffin fell back before the Allied army. The fighting was fierce and the 8e Regiment of the Line lost its golden wreathed Eagle. Using French, Spanish and British sources and archives, drawing on numerous eyewitness accounts, the author captures the views of both sides of the conflict and provides a new and objective narrative of this long-forgotten and little-known battle of the Peninsular War.
Natalia Griffon de Pleineville graduated from the Pedagogical University of Petrozavodsk (Karelia), she obtained a research grant of the Fondation Napoléon and received her DEA at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes under the direction of Professor Jean Tulard. A specialist on the Peninsular War, in 2009 she published a detailed study of Napoleon's campaign against Sir John Moore's British army in 1808-9 entitled “La Corogne, les Aigles en Galice”.
Place and publisher: Fontain L'Evêque: Historic'one
Date of publication: 2012
Number of pages: 111
This week’s book(s):
From the publishers:
"...The French Piedmontese campaign in 1859 was carefully coordinated by the two powers. It required meticulous political and military planning to succesfully wage war and oust the Habsburgs from the Italian peninsula. This war is often overlooked in military histories outside of Italy, and overshadowed by the American Civil War and the Wars of German Unification. Nevertheless, the Second War of Italian Independence witnessed the first strategic and operational use of railroads, steamships, rifled muskets and artillery. Furthermore, the battles fought in 1859 involved the largest armies since the Napoleonic Wars..." In Italian and English.
To buy the book: click here http://www.libreriamilitare.com/prodotto.php?id_prod=56719 (external link)
Place and publisher: Rome: Ufficio Storico
Date of publication: 2014
Number of pages: 380
See all books highlighted as This month's book