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Memoirs of the war in Spain

Author: Rocca, M. de; Maria Callcott, Lady
Publisher: [San Francisco?] : Pickle Partners Publishing, [2011]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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This ebook is purpose built and is proof-read and re-type set from the original to provide an outstanding experience of reflowing text for an ebook reader. Napoleon's eagles had triumphed over every adversary faced until his fateful decision to depose the Bourbons from the throne of Spain. He started a war that was to prove fatal to his ambitions, a war with the religious people who knew only the war of the knife.  Read more...
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De Rocca, Albert Jean Michel.
Memoirs of the War in Spain.
San Francisco : Wagram Press, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rocca, M. de; Maria Callcott, Lady
ISBN: 9781908902085 1908902086
OCLC Number: 973835226
Notes: Text originally published in 1831.
Description: 1 online resource (108 pages) : illustrations
Contents: TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE.; CHAPTER I.; Comparison between the Military state of the Germans and Spaniards-Ease of retaining conquests among the former-Difficulty among the latter --
Departure from Germany-Journey through France -Arrival in Spain-Position of the Forces in the Peninsula; CHAPTER II; Entry into Burgos-Lerma-Aranda-Quarters in a deserted Spanish town-Almazan-Agrida-Ignorance of the Spaniards in military tactics-Devotion to their country; CHAPTER III.; Adventure in a Spanish village-Surrender of Madrid-Entry into the capital; CHAPTER IV. Journey to Toledo-English armies-Retreat of Sir John Moore, and the Battle of Corunna-Defeat of the Spaniards at Ucles-Don Quixote and La Mancha .CHAPTER V.; Battle of Medellin-Retreat of Marshal Soult-King Joseph; CHAPTER VI.; Battle of Talavera-Mina-Marquis de Porliere and the Guerillas-A chase among the mountains; CHAPTER VII.; Andalusia-Memorials of Eastern customs, &c. --
Moron-Riotous disposition of its Inhabitants-Olbera-Narrow escape there-Arrival at Ronda; CHAPTER VIII. The Serranos-Retreat from Ronda to Campillos --
Fight with the Mountaineers-Return to Ronda-Unfortunate excursion-Dreadful misfortune-A sick-bed-Return to FranceCHAPTER IX.; Campaign in Portugal.
Other Titles: Mémoires sur la guerre des Français in Espagne.
Responsibility: Albert Jean Michel De Rocca ; translated from the French, by Maria Graham.
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This ebook is purpose built and is proof-read and re-type set from the original to provide an outstanding experience of reflowing text for an ebook reader. Napoleon's eagles had triumphed over every adversary faced until his fateful decision to depose the Bourbons from the throne of Spain. He started a war that was to prove fatal to his ambitions, a war with the religious people who knew only the war of the knife. The Spaniards were unsuccessful in prosecuting a war on regular military lines, being crushed in a number of pitched battles against the French forces, but they started a campaign of guerilla warfare that was to make the French gains limited to the ground they stood on. Messengers would be attacked, stragglers murdered, provisions delayed, convoys waylaid. This form of warfare seemed alien to the French and, with the exception of Marshal Suchet in Catalonia, they could find no proper way of subduing the Spanish people. Michel de Rocca was a young hussar officer in 1808 and arriving early in the Peninsular War. He writes of the constant draining warfare: the need to be constantly on guard, the suspicious actions of the villagers, and the ambushes. Rocca appears to hold a grudge against the attitude of the Spanish, believing the war there to be rather inglorious and unjust; this was not the general feeling in the ranks of the French army, and was probably due to his Swiss ancestry and his association and later marriage to Madame de Sta?l (a staunch opponent of Napoleon). However, the brutal reprisals of the insurgents and the constant alertness wear him down as time goes on, and he is not unhappy to be removed from the war due to injuries sustained in an ambush.

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