At War With Wellington

Peter and Dan Snow investigate the diaries and letters of Wellington's forces in the Peninsular War against Napoleon.

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The archives of the Royal Greenjackets Museum reveal how the men travelled, from their voyages to Portugal to their long forced marches, suffering in the heat and shivering in the rain. Songs and military airs played an important role in inspiring the troops to fight for King and country.

Peter and Dan Snow follow in the footsteps of Wellington's forces in the Peninsular War against the occupying forces of Napoleon. The campaign lasted five years but was ultimately successful, resulting in the expulsion of the French forces from Portugal and Spain.

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2/5. They explore what the soldiers ate and drank, from the groaning tables of winter quarters to the arduous rations of the road. For entertainment, formal dances took place for officers and men and honorary bullfights were staged for Wellington.

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Looting and pillaging were rife as the French, Spanish and English armies clashed in some of the most famous battles in history.

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4/5. They explore who accompanied the redcoats as they fought in Portugal and Spain, from the loyal women who drew lots to accompany their husbands into battle to the children carried through all kinds of terrain and conditions.

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They explore what happened to the wounded and how they were looked after during a five-year conflict in which thousands of soldiers were seriously injured. Men were as likely to die from the ministrations of the doctors as from their wounds.

Peter and Dan Snow follow in the footsteps of Wellington's forces in the Peninsular War against the occupying forces of Napoleon. The campaign lasted five years but was ultimately successful, resulting in the expulsion of the French forces from Portugal and Spain.