At War With Wellington Docudrama

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Food And Entertainment20101005

Peter and Dan Snow continue their investigation into the experiences of the army that marched with Wellington in Spain and Portugal in 1808.

We find out what the soldiers ate and drank, and what they did for entertainment.

From the groaning tables of winter quarters to the arduous rations of the road, we travel from the formal dances for officers and men to the honorary bullfights staged for Wellington.

The part of the Duke of Wellington is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, the other members of the cast are Neil Dudgeon, David Holt, Frank Stirling and David Westhead.

Producer: Alyn Shipton

A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

Peter and Dan explore what the soldiers ate and drank and what they did for entertainment.

Medicine20101008

It wasn't good news if you were injured in battle 200 years ago.

Men were as likely to die from the ministrations of the doctors as from their wounds during the Portuguese and Spanish campaigns against Napoleon.

Concluding their look at the letters and diaries of the soldiers and men who fought alongside Wellington, Peter and Dan Snow find out what happened to the wounded, and how they were looked after during a five year conflict in which thousands of soldiers were seriously injured.

The part of the Duke of Wellington is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, the other members of the cast are Neil Dudgeon, David Holt, Frank Stirling and David Westhead.

Producer: Alyn Shipton

A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

Peter and Dan explore what happened to the wounded and how they were looked after.

Retinue20101007

When an army went to war in the Napoleonic era, it wasn't just a question of soldiers on the march.

In this episode we delve into the letters and diaries of the Royal Greenjackets Museum, Peter and Dan Snow discover who else 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, we discover all about the retinue that had to be fed and watered whenever an army took to the road.

The part of the Duke of Wellington is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, the other members of the cast are Neil Dudgeon, David Holt, Frank Stirling and David Westhead

Producer: Alyn Shipton

A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

Peter and Dan explore who accompanied the redcoats as they fought in Portugal and Spain.

Spoils Of War20101006

Everybody knows the phrase "the spoils of war", but what does it really mean?

Peter and Dan Snow introduce more of the experiences of Wellington's army in the Iberian Peninsula 200 years ago, and pull no punches in describing looting, pillaging and worse, as the French, Spanish and English armies clashed in some of the most famous battles in history.

The part of the Duke of Wellington is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, the other members of the cast are Neil Dudgeon, David Holt, Frank Stirling and David Westhead.

Producer: Alyn Shipton

A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

Looting and pillaging were rife as the French, Spanish and English armies clashed.

Travel20101004

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

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 explore the archives of the Royal Greenjackets Museum.