21/12/2019 at 09:14 #128392carojonParticipant
In this, the final post in a series of sixteen looking at some famous battle sites from the Peninsular War, on a trip I took this summer to Spain and Portugal, I take a look at what can be seen on the battlefield of Vittoria.
The area has been subjected to a large amount of development before the old city that now covers much of the area on which King Joseph deployed his combined three armies.
However with a bit of selectivity there is still a lot to be seen in the area that still looks, much as it would have done, two hundred years previously, and, when seen through the accounts of the veterans who fought on that spot, still come alive.
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http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk21/12/2019 at 14:04 #128406SteelonsandParticipant
The Last Post !
But what an epic series…… Thanks so much for being our guide across the whole campaign – I for one will miss these excursions into the past – truly a comprehensive, enlightening and entertaining insight, coupled with your on the spot photos that brought the whole thing to life –
You mention in the blogpost creating a Tab so you can access all the posts in series – I think you should rather create a book ! – I think your narrative, photos and inclusion of the original eye-witness excerpts would be a winning combination ….. Perhaps we need to Crowdfund future expedition holidays for you – Italy into Austria 1809 style, or even a driving holiday to Moscow and back22/12/2019 at 17:31 #12846122/12/2019 at 22:34 #128464carojonParticipant
That’s very kind of you to comment and I’m so glad you enjoyed the journey. I’m not sure I can add much to the wealth of literature out there already covering the Peninsular War, but blogging allows an opportunity to point, those who want to look at these places, at some ideas about how to do it and in ways that can make them come alive.
We are so lucky that these Peninsular veterans left us a treasure trove of first hand accounts of events at places that we can still see today pretty much as they did, and frankly I can’t really add much to that other than to point at them as a must have accompaniment when visiting these sites.
The more of us who travel to Spain and Portugal to visit these places the more likely they will be saved for future generations of visitors and that would be a great way to honour the memories of those who fought and died there.
http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk19/01/2020 at 12:59 #129814ferg981Participant
Interesting post, and some great photographs. Its nice to see a battlefield whereby EVERYTHING hasn’t been developed or built on
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