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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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abandoned action allies appeared arms army arrived artillery attack authority battle BOOK bridge brigade British brought called cavalry centre CHAP charge close colonel column command communication continued covered crossed desired detachment directed division Duero effect enemy enemy's England English expected field fight fire flank followed force fords formed French front gained garrison ground guard guns hand head heights Hill hundred immediately infantry Italy joined July king king's letter light lord lord Wellington loss Madrid Marmont means Meanwhile miles military move movement night officers operations orders Partidas passed Perceval person Portugal Portuguese position posts Ragusa reached rear regiment reinforced remained retreat returned river road Salamanca sent side soldiers Soult Spain Spaniards Spanish strong success Tagus third thousand tion Tormes troops turned village Wellington whole wounded XVIII
Pagina 511 - A grand design and grandly it was executed ! For high in heart and strong of hand Wellington's veterans marched to the encounter, the glories of twelve victories played about their bayonets, and he the leader so proud and confident, that in passing the stream which marks the frontier of Spain, he rose in his stirrups and waving his hand cried out
Pagina 210 - I saw him late in the evening of that great day, when the advancing flashes of cannon and musketry stretching as far as the eye could command showed in the darkness how well the field was won ; he was alone, the flush of victory was on his brow and his eyes were eager and watchful, but his voice was calm and even gentle. More than the rival of Marlborough, since he had defeated greater generals than Marlborough ever encountered, with a prescient pride he seemed only to accept this glory as an earnest...
Pagina 177 - ... anon darting upwards in one vast pyramid, the apex of which often approached, yet never gained the actual summit of the mountain ; but the French musketry, rapid as lightning, sparkled along the brow of the height, with unvarying fulness, and with...
Pagina 168 - ... of their country, sent showers of grape into the advancing masses, while a crowd of light troops poured in a fire of musketry, under cover of which the main body endeavoured to display a front. But bearing onwards through the skirmishers with the might of a giant, Pakenham broke the half-formed lines into fragments, and sent the whole in confusion upon the advancing supports ; one only officer...
Pagina lxxvii - States exclusively. The Government of Great Britain had already introduced into her commerce during war a system which, at once violating the rights of other nations and resting on a mass of forgery and perjury unknown...
Pagina 181 - The hill of La Serna offered a frightful spectacle of the power of the musket, that queen of weapons, and the track of the Germans was marked by their huge bodies. A few minutes only had the combat lasted and above a hundred had fallen...
Pagina 148 - Suddenly a dismounted cavalry officer stalked from the midst of the smoke towards the line of infantry; his gait was peculiarly rigid, and he appeared to hold a bloody handkerchief to his heart, but that which seemed a cloth, was a broad and dreadful wound ; a bullet had entirely effaced the...
Pagina 167 - Pakenham with the third division shoot like a meteor across Thomieres' path ; then pride and hope alike died within him, and desperately he was hurrying in person to that fatal point, when an exploding shell stretched him on the earth with a broken arm and two deep wounds in his side. Confusion ensued, and the troops, distracted by ill-judged orders and counter-orders, knew not where to move, whom to fight, or whom to avoid.
Pagina 355 - that discipline had deteriorated during the campaign in a greater degree than he had ever witnessed or ever read of in any army...