WINNING THE PENINSULAR WAR: THE MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOK AND MAPS OF MAJOR ARCHIBALD F.BECKE, FROM SALMANCA TO TOULOUSE
114pp., 4to, 44 colour maps. 2018. This is a gem of a unique study. It is a transcript from a beautiful notebook which the distinguished historian Archibald F.Becke created in 1907. Several such notebooks, meticulously compiled, have come into our hands over the years (and sold on) but this one was retained as it was particularly handsome. Becke’s notes deal largely with the strategy of the period involved, fascinatingly from the point-of-view of an early 19th Century historian who particularly understood horse transported warfare, only a 100 years away from the time he wrote. But the real gem are his exquisitely drawn colour maps which are faithfully reproduced as well as a few other maps either from another source or which were included in the notebook. This book goes well with our bestselling WATERLOO LOGISTICS.