Peninsular War


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Peninsular War

n
(Historical Terms) the war (1808–14) fought in the Iberian Peninsula by British, Portuguese, and Spanish forces against the French, resulting in the defeat of the French: part of the Napoleonic Wars
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Poulter's reminiscences of the Peninsular War were removed from all suspicion of being mythical.
Having procured a black Padre for a guide, and a Spaniard who had served in the Peninsular war as an interpreter, we visited a collection of buildings, of which an ancient church formed the principal part.
Other key sites include Albuera, the Extremadura village, which witnessed the bloodiest of battles, the British Peninsular War Cemetery at Elvas and the city of Salamanca, the best preserved battlefield of the war.
A seasoned soldier and veteran of the Peninsular War, he was called back to lead the 40th Regiment after Napoleon escaped from exile in Elba and once again marched on Europe.
In the Peninsular War that followed he did not lose a single battle and by 1814 he had pushed Napoleon's armies back into the south of France.
William had previously spent time in Wellington's camp during the Peninsular War of 1819 to 1820, where he amassed a stellar collection of art from retreating French troops and cemented the family's friendship with the duke.
He had served as aide-de-camp to General Sir John Moore in the Peninsular War and was one of the four officers who carried the body of their commander, killed in the Battle of Corunna, to its burial spot.
Thomas Foulkes fought throughout the Napoleonic era in the Peninsular War and at Waterloo itself.
In its first issue of March 1809, the Tory Quarterly Review offered its own polemic on the Spanish question, zeroing in on the Peninsular War debate as the single most important topic on which the magazine would define its political perspective for its readers.
And although Wellington defeated him at the Battle of Toulouse to end the Peninsular War, Cardiff had to wait until Waterloo the following year for the real end.
The series' subtitle, "Notas en torno a Ia guerra v la revoluchin" (Notes on War and Revolution), indicates its intentions: to follow the traces of an important moment in Spanish history, the Peninsular War, when Spain fought Napolon's army.
Here, we find another family link to the defence of Canada: Mowat's Scottish father, John Mowat, was a Peninsular War veteran among the reinforcements sent to Canada by the Duke of Wellington, and served at Plattsburgh in 1814.