Peninsular Collection, Salamanca

KB0148

Salamanca was the point in Arthur Wellesley’s military career that demonstrates his military genius. The French had made the mistake of thinking him to be a cautious and indecisive commander who was reluctant to commit to battle.

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NAME: Peninsular Collection, Salamanca
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
FILE: K0148
DATE: 250612
PRESENTER(S): Andrew Duff, Julia Page, Tom Dormer, Tim Saunders
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital
MEDIA: DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 80 minutes
PLAYERS: Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player
INTERNET: Optional
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GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: French revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, The Peninsular War, Wellington, Wellesley, Spain, Portugal, Marmont, Tagos
ISBN: 0-24762-018-1
IMAGE: KB0148
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DESCRIPTION: After an outstanding series of DVDs covering the Waterloo Campaign, the presentation team have kicked off a new series in high style, covering the earlier Peninsular War. There is a great advantage in using former soldiers and historians to present military history than to use television presenters. This avoids the breathless presentation and fake gravitas that has made so many made for tv presentations poor history, where the presenter often stresses the wrong factors in an attempt to hold the audience, indicating a lack of real knowledge. In this DVD the presentations are authoritative and absorbing. The story itself contains the appropriate excitement. Salamanca was the point in Arthur Wellesley’s military career that demonstrates his military genius. The French had made the mistake of thinking him to be a cautious and indecisive commander who was reluctant to commit to battle. At Salamanca they discovered the hard way that his apparent caution was careful study of the ground, the conditions, the relative strengths and positions of his forces and those of the enemy. He had already been intercepting and studying orders and despatches between the French Armies and Napoleon. As a result, Wellesley was able to separate the French Marshals and at Salamanca was able to draw Marshal Marmont into battle on ground of Wellesley’s choosing. What followed was by no means a one sided battle because the French held several advantages and some errors were made by those officers and Allies serving Wellesley. It can be argued that the inadequate performance of some of the Allied troops robbed Wellesley of total victory by allowing Marmont to withdraw after suffering heavy casualties, but in war every battle is a matter of variables and the result is the one achieved on the field. This was the point at which General Arthur Wellesley moved from defence to attack, fully justified the honour of becoming the Duke of Wellington and came to be feared by French commanders, eventually meeting Napoleon himself at Waterloo and defeating him. This DVD is certainly a must for all military history enthusiasts, but it is also first rate entertainment that will appeal to a wider audience. It follows the presentation format of the best selling Waterloo series and anyone who watches this DVD will eagerly await the other DVDs in the series. The production quality and colour is first rate, the account moves at a good pace and the detail and research are excellent. What also helps greatly to make this DVD memorable is the experience of the presenters as former soldiers and as members of the Guild of Battlefield Guides, enabling them to explain on the unchanged ground how the landscape related to the movement and action of the forces during the battle. Great viewing

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