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WELLINGTON, [Arthur Wellesley,] 1st Duke of]
The principles of war, exhibited in the practice of the camp; and as developed in a series of General Orders of Field-Marshal the Duke of Wellington, K.G. &c. &c. &c. in the late campaigns on the Peninsula, with parallel Orders of George the Second, the Duke of Cumberland, the Duke of Marlborough, Earl of Albemarle, Lord Stair, General Wolfe, &c. &c. &c.
London: William Clowes. *, 1815. 8vo., xxviii + 338 + xxxvii + (1)pp., occasional very minor rust mark or stain, with relevant, old, ms annotations on two pages, bookplate removed from front pastedown, contemporary half calf over marbled boards, extremities and joints rather worn, spine gilt and lettered but with some wear. Generally a good, sound, copy. First edition and really quite uncommon. Although not written or edited by Wellington himself, this clearly draws largely from an analysis of his recorded Orders in the second Peninsular campaign between 1809 and 1814. The hundreds of Orders, here reprinted, classified and indexed, provide a remarkable record of war management in the early 19th century. The Orders are grouped here in some 31 chapters, each with a distinct theme, the Orders themselves printed in chronological order. They cover such themes as discipline, the camp, working parties, ammunition, markets and provision, post and letters, chaplains, regimental schools, pay-master and pay, commissariat, hospitals, 'on the march', means of transport, baggage, convoys, public and private horses and mules, forage, 'the enemy's country', 'before the enemy', 'in action', 'after battle', police, law-martial, &c. &c. One feature of note is the clear sequence of instructions that local populations were to be treated with respect, that hay, grain and other vital provisions were to be paid for and that theft would not be tolerated. By way of example, a General Order was issued at Jaracejo, 16th August, 1809, thus: 'The soldiers are again positively prohibted to plunder bee-hi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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