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"This is the story of the great Peninsular War, by one who fought through it him-self, and in no history has a more chivalrous and manly account been given of one's enemy. Indeed, Napier seems to me ... Volledige review lezen
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action allies Andalusia arms army arrived artillery attack authority Badajos bank battle body BOOK bridge brigade British brought Cadiz called carried cavalry CHAP close columns command commenced communication continued corps cover crossed defeated defence detachment directed division duke effect eight enemy enemy's English entered fell fight fire five flank followed force formed four French front garrison ground guard guns hand Hill hundred immediately infantry joined Junta latter light lord Wellington Meanwhile ment miles military mountains move movement night obliged occupied officers operations orders pass Portugal Portuguese position province reached rear Regency regiment reinforced remained reserve retired retreat returned river road Rodrigo sent Seville side siege situation soldiers Spain Spaniards Spanish strong success Tagus taken third thousand thousand men tion took town troops turned valley whole
Pagina 547 - In vain did Soult with voice and gesture animate his Frenchmen, in vain did the hardiest veterans break from the crowded columns and sacrifice their lives to gain time for the mass to open out on such a fair field ; in vain did the mass itself bear up, and, fiercely striving, fire...
Pagina 547 - There the French reserve, mixing with the struggling multitude, endeavoured to sustain the fight, but the effort only increased the irremediable confusion ; the mighty mass gave way, and like a loosened cliff went headlong down the steep. The rain flowed after in streams discoloured with blood, and fifteen hundred unwounded men, the remnant of six thousand unconquerable British soldiers, stood triumphant on the fatal hill.
Pagina 547 - No sudden burst of undisciplined valour, no nervous enthusiasm weakened the stability of their order, their flashing eyes were bent on the dark columns in their front, their measured tread shook the ground, their dreadful volleys swept away the head of every formation, their deafening shouts overpowered the dissonant cries that broke from all parts of the tumultuous crowd, as slowly and with a horrid carnage it was pushed by the incessant vigour of the attack to the farthest edge of the hill.
Pagina 601 - But it appears that the government have lately discovered that we are all wrong; they have become impatient for the defeat of the enemy, and, in imitation of the central junta, call out for a battle and early success.
Pagina 614 - Regent to remove me from the command of their armies. This would be a measure consistent with his former conduct in this contest, under the circumstances of my having unfortunately fallen in his opinion; but this measure is entirely distinct from...
Pagina 362 - For across the ravine on the left, a loose stone wall, sixteen feet thick and forty feet high, was raised ; and across the great valley of Aruda, a double line of abattis was drawn ; not composed, as is usual, of the limbs of trees, but of full-grown oaks and...
Pagina 528 - The officers of the army may depend upon it that the enemy to whom they are opposed are not less prudent than they are powerful. Notwithstanding what has been printed in gazettes and newspapers, we have never seen small bodies unsupported successfully opposed to large ; nor has the experience of any officer realized...
Pagina 520 - Kriglish divisions were separated, and the right wing turned, it was abundantly evident that the battle would soon be lost, if the original concentrated position above Fuentes Onoro was not quickly regained. Lord...
Pagina 546 - Cole led his fuzileers up the contested height. At this time six guns were in the enemy's possession, the whole of Werle's reserves were coming forward to reinforce the front column of the French, the remnant of Houghton's brigade could no longer maintain its ground, the field was heaped with carcasses, the lancers were riding furiously about the captured artillery on the upper parts of the hill, and behind all, Hamilton's Portuguese and Alten's Germans, now withdrawing from the bridge, seemed to...
Pagina 335 - ... were the leaders of the enemy, that each man of the first section raised his musket, and two officers and ten soldiers fell before them. Not a Frenchman had missed his mark ! They could do no more ! The head of their column was violently overturned and driven upon the rear, both flanks were hipped over by the English wings, and three terrible discharges at five yards