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NAPOLEON"S STOLEN ARMY: How the Royal Navy Rescued a Spanish Army in the Baltic

NAPOLEON
by Marsden, John

1-227180

A Spanish army, commanded by the Marques de La Romana, which was sent to Denmark by Napoleon in 1807, when France and Spain were allies bound by the Treaty of San Ildefonso, signed in 1796. When relations between the two countries broke down in May 1808, they were soon at war with each other, and La Romana's troops became, in effect, a captive army in the hands of the French.

When Spain looked to create an alliance with Britain against her erstwhile ally, they found the British government only too eager to help. The Royal Navy's dominant presence in the Baltic provided a ready opportunity to seal the new alliance and, once the political groundwork had been laid, plans for a daring rescue of the entrapped Spaniards by Vice Admiral Keats' squadron were drawn up. However, while efforts were being made by the British to accumulate and prepare a sufficient amount of shipping to carry out the operation, difficulties soon arose in making contact with La Romana in order to convey to him the intentions of the Spanish and British high commands. This almost led to disaster, and the whole operation was saved only by some remarkable strokes of fortune, and remarkable leadership provided by Keats and La Romana. Includes seven b/w illustrations, eight pages of color plates, and eight maps.

Until now this remarkable and little-known story has had little coverage in the various histories written about the Peninsular War. Using Spanish archives, this book teels the tale of how part of La Romana's army was evacuated from Danish Baltic territory during the summer of 1808. Due to circumstance and bad fortune, a significant part of the Spanish army was left behind during the Royal Navy's action, and there is an interesting story told about what became of these men, related via the personal accounts left by two of the soldiers who did not return to Spain with La Romana.

1 vol, 248 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
NEW-pb, available mid May 2021 ......$45.00 rct

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