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  1. Walcheren 1809: Scandalous Destruction of a British Army
    Walcheren 1809: Scandalous Destruction of a British Army
    Walcheren 1809: Scandalous Destruction of a British Army
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  2. Walcheren 1809: Scandalous Destruction of a British Army

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In July 1809, with the Dutch coast ‘a pistol held at the head of England’, the largest British expeditionary force ever assembled, over 40,000 men and around 600 ships, weighed anchor off the Kent coast and sailed for the island of Walcheren in the Scheldt estuary. After an initial success, the expedition stalled and as the lethargic military commander, Lord Chatham, was at loggerheads with the opinionated senior naval commander, Sir Richard Strachan, troops were dying of a mysterious disease termed ‘Walcheren fever’. Almost all the campaign’s 4,000 dead were victims of disease. The Scheldt was evacuated and the return home was followed by a scandalous Parliamentary Inquiry. Walcheren fever cast an even longer shadow. Six months later 11,000 men were still registered sick. In 1812, Wellington complained that the constitution of his troops was ‘much shaken with Walcheren’.

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For anyone with a soldier or sailor at Walcheren this book tells the story well, explaining with documentation how details may differ in other histories (especially Fortesque's History of the British Army). For researchers, the bibliography of official documents and identification of numerous surviving memoirs is excellent."
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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Martin R. Howard
Binding
Hardcover
Brand
Brand: Pen and Sword
EAN
9781848844681
Feature
Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN
1848844689
Label
Pen and Sword
Manufacturer
Pen and Sword
MPN
16pp B&W plates
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
224
PartNumber
16pp B&W plates
PublicationDate
2012-10-24
Publisher
Pen and Sword
Studio
Pen and Sword
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