Wellington’s Right Hand: Rowland, Viscount Hill

Author(s) : HILL Joanna
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General Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount Hill of Almarez was a man who frequently led from the front in some of the deadliest battles ofthe Napoleonic Wars. Hill was given his own ‘detached' corps and fought his way through Spain, Portugal and France, winning battles against the odds – such at St Pierre, where he defeated the redoubtable Maréchal Soult when outnumbered two to one. When ministers at home asked that Hill be allowed to leave the Peninsula and lead an army elsewhere, Wellington dismissed the idea with ‘Would you cut off my right hand?' Hill fought at Roliça, Corunna, Talavera, Bussaco, Almarez, Vitoria and Waterloo. He succeeded the Duke in 1828 as Commander-in-Chief. Based upon the Hill papers made available to Joanna Hill – the General's great, great, great niece – and a wide range of other primary sources, Wellington's Right Hand is a new addition to the literature of the Napoleonic age and in particular to that of the Peninsular War.

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