Duke of wellington napoleonic wars

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Wellington: The Iron Duke by Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes, highly acclaimed military historian and broadcaster, tells the exhilarating story of Britain’s greatest-ever soldier, the man who posed the most serious threat to Napoleon. The Duke of Wellington’s remarkable life and extraordinary campaigns are recreated with Holmes’ superb skill in this compelling book.

Richard Holmes charts Wellington’s stellar military career from India to Europe, and in the process, rediscovers the reasons Queen Victoria called him the greatest man the nineteenth century had produced. Combining his astute historical analysis with a semi-biographical examination of Wellington, Holmes artfully illustrates the rapid evolution in military and political thinking of the time.

Wellington is a brilliant figure, idealistic in politics, cynical in love, a wit, a beau, a man of enormous courage often sickened by war. As Richard Holmes charts his progress from a shy, indolent boy to commander-in-chief of the allied forces, he also exposes the Iron Duke as a philanderer, and a man who sometimes despised the men that he led, and was not always in control of his soldiers. Particularly infamous is the bestial rampage of his men after the capture of Cuidad Rodgrigo and Badajoz.

THE IRON DUKE is a beautifully produced book, complete with stunning illustrations and colour plates. Richard Holmes’ TV series to accompany THE IRON DUKE will be lavishly constructed in four parts, and filmed on location in Britain, India, Spain, Portugal, France and Belgium.
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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

He first rose to military prominence in India , won successes in the Peninsular War in Spain —14 , and shared in the victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo Wellington twice reached the zenith of fame with a period of unexampled odium intervening. After Waterloo he joined a repressive government, and later, as prime minister, he resisted pressure for constitutional reform. In old age he was idolized as an incomparable public servant—the Great Duke. Reaction came after his death.

Napoleon Bonaparte and Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley never met or corresponded, and they fought only one battle directly against each other, on June 18, Arthur Wellesley — better known as the Duke of Wellington, a title he was granted in — was born in Dublin on May 1, , the same year as Napoleon. The feeling was not entirely reciprocated. It is claimed that during the battle a British artillery officer came to Wellington to tell him that he had a clear a view of Napoleon and several guns pointing in that direction. It is not the business of commanders to be firing upon one another.

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He won a notable victory against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in Wellesley was born in Dublin into the Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland. He was commissioned as an ensign in the British Army in , serving in Ireland as aide-de-camp to two successive Lords Lieutenant of Ireland. He was appointed governor of Seringapatam and Mysore in and, as a newly appointed major-general, won a decisive victory over the Maratha Confederacy at the Battle of Assaye in Wellesley rose to prominence as a general during the Peninsular campaign of the Napoleonic Wars , and was promoted to the rank of field marshal after leading the allied forces to victory against the French Empire at the Battle of Vitoria in

Rising to prominence during the Peninsular War , he became a national hero in Britain after the Napoleonic Wars during which he led the victorious Anglo-Allied forces at the Battle of Waterloo. He later became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on two separate occasions. Disputed [ edit ]. Misattributed [ edit ] If a gentleman happens to be born in a stable, it does not follow that he should be called a horse. Though such remarks have often been quoted as Wellington's response on being called Irish, the earliest published sources yet found for similar comments are those about him attributed to an Irish politician: The poor old Duke! To be sure he was born in Ireland, but being born in a stable does not make a man a horse. He was born in Ireland; but being born in a stable does not make a man a horse.


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