"At last, in this absorbing and authoritative study, the story of the epic struggle on Spains eastern front during the Peninsular War has been told. Often overlooked as not integral to the Duke of Wellingtons main army and their campaigns in Portugal and western Spain, they were, in point of fact, intrinsically linked. Nick Lipscombe, a leading historian of the Napoleonic Wars and an expert on the fighting in the Iberian peninsula, describes in graphic detail the battles fought by the French army of General Suchet against the Spanish regulars and guerrillas and subsequently the Anglo-Sicilian force sent by the British government to stabilize the region. Despite Suchet's initial successes and repeated setbacks for the allied armies, by late 1813 the east coast of Spain held a key to Wellington's invasion of France and the ultimate defeat of Napoleon's armies in the Peninsula. At a tactical level the allies were undeniably successful and made an important contribution to the eventual French defeat."
Amazon.com: Wellington's Eastern Front: The Campaigns on the East Coast of Spain, 1810–1814 eBook : Lipscombe, Nick: Kindle Store
I have made adequate reply. You are now being argumentative. Good evening.
“@david Tomlinson Are you not going to reply to the questions that were put to you?” @Kevin F. Kiley Kevin, you seem not to understand the asynchronous nature of forums. To post and then demand an answer within the hour, during the working day? You seem to have mistaken me for a student or an employee, for obedience to your requests to be demanded with such impatience, I am neither, and still have a full-time career. History is a passionate hobby, but a hobby nonetheless. It must therefore take it’s proper place in my priorities. I have made what I deem to be an adequate reply and will not comment further. If any similar argumentative follow ups are made, I must respectfully decline. I believe this should remain a forum of debate, but not irascibility. Thank you and may I wish you a good evening.
@Kevin F. Kiley Likewise, I wasn’t overly impressed by Weider, (particularly the murder conspiracy one) and I’ve not had the pleasure of Franceschi yet. I’m quite ‘catholic’ in my tastes, but I prioritise my wants list; some get consigned to my ‘only if really cheap’ section! As Waterloo has been my muse for 45 years, I normally skim read the 100 days chapter. If there is little new beyond the same old repetition that usually makes the decision for me. It certainly is an addiction. Even at £3 a piece ‘jumble sale’ prices, it’s still a new car!
Here's a drawing of British artillery harness as seen in Ildefonse Fave's Etudes sur le passe et l'Avenir de l'Artillerie, Volume V. Compare this with Franklin's drawings in British Napoleonic Field Artillery, pages 102, 105, 106, 108, 109, 111 and see what you come up with.
You can also check the Historex website for a drawing of British artillery harness. Historex was usually quite accurate.
HISTOREX - Matériel
The question is: How much did British artillery gun team harness change between 1815 and the War in the Crimea?
Speaking of the emperor's new clothes, I seem to remember a discussion on the old NSDF relating to C.E.Franklin basing some drawings on mid-C19th British artillery harness.
@Kevin F. Kiley You are entitled to your own opinions. So am I. So are Elting, Herod, Chandler etc That really is the point. You and they might see fine raiments, I and others may see rather less clothing. The HCA story of the Emperor’s New Clothes is highly valid, even though it’s intended for children. It’s an insight on human perception and the phenomena of groupthink. It does us all good to check in occasionally and see if we have fallen victim to them.
"Fire is everything, and yet morale is 75%? Which do we believe?"" Surely, "A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of coloured ribbon"?
Both I would think. Morale and 'fire' are two different subjects, but one could undoubtedly affect the other.
Doesn't he also claim that morale is the deciding thing, like two to one, or even greater??
Of course in case he claims that Fire is everything, it would be nonesense as seen in numerous cases in history.
I have to admit that I find Lipscombe immensely boring to read.
@Kevin F. Kiley I agree entirely, the illustrations are superb.
I can also particularly recommend his Wellington’s Guns https://ospreypublishing.com/wellington-s-guns He is my l time favourite writer on artillery and gunners.