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Re: Salamanca

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » June 23rd, 2011, 7:48 am

Here are some photos of the Arapiles battlefield. One show the Greater and Lesser Arapil from an elevation beside the road to the village of Arapiles. In the foreground are several of the new sign boards that have been erected at strategic sites across the battlefield. The text is in both English and Spanish as you can see on another photo. The museum in Arapiles has folders showing where all the signs are though they are not all easy to find. The third photo was taken from the top of the Greater Arapil, showing the French monument with the Lesser Arapil and Salamanca in the background.

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The Lesser Arapil [l] and Greater Arapil [r] from an elevation beside the road to the village of Arapiles. Signs explaining the various actions are in the foreground.
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An example of the new signs that have been erected across the battlefield, with both English and Spanish text
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Arapiles monument view to chico 76.2 kb.JPG
View from the French monument on the Greater Arapil to the Lesser Arapil, with Salamanca in the background
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Re: Salamanca

Postby Mark » June 23rd, 2011, 5:30 pm

Great photos, Sarah! Thank you for posting! :)

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Re: Salamanca

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » December 13th, 2012, 5:56 pm

The Arapiles signs now have QRs!!

The Arapiles museum has a big map on its wall of the recommended route to see all the signs. Buen viaje.

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Re: Salamanca

Postby Student of 1812 » February 7th, 2013, 2:50 pm

I'm not sure if anyone else has spotted this already, but the National Army Museum are running one of their quiz's. This year on nominating 'Britain's greatest battle' from their shortlist of 20. They've derived their shortlist from their criteria:

•political, historical and cultural impact
•challenges faced by the Army
•innovative use of strategy and tactics
•global spread of British Army deployments
•recognition of the vital contributions of Commonwealth troops

I don't think it means that voters have to follow that criteria. I'm quite surprised by the omissions based on those criteria but perhaps this quiz should not be taken seriously.

http://www.nam.ac.uk/exhibitions/online ... st-battles

I'm voting for Salamanca rather than Waterloo to try and raise it up the leaderboard - happy to justify my selection if anyone rises.

(Naseby is at No. 2 at the moment - is this because of the Commonwealth criterion!?)
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Re: Salamanca

Postby unclearthur » February 7th, 2013, 6:42 pm

Student of 1812 wrote: Naseby is at No. 2 at the moment - is this because of the Commonwealth criterion!?


That'd let in Bannockburn, wouldn't it? ;)
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Re: Salamanca

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » February 7th, 2013, 6:56 pm

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Interesting list of 20 battles. Salamanca is the only Napoleonic battle - apart from Waterloo, which is way ahead at this point. Salamanca had my vote too.

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Re: Salamanca

Postby OXFORDMON » July 22nd, 2014, 2:20 pm

202nd anniversary of the great battle 22nd July 1812.

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Re: Salamanca

Postby Josh&Historyland » July 23rd, 2014, 1:30 am

*Throws chicken leg away* that'll do!

I see earlier (years earlier) some members commented on the Salamanca museum's point that that Wellington was trying out his manoeuvring skills at Salamanca, I'd just like to add, that he had more than tried them out in India against far superior numbers, but it's true against the French he had not attacked as much, except at Rolica and Oporto. So many writers like to pigeon hole Wellington, usually to try and detract from his reputation, however the reason he was successful was because he was able to master all types of warfare.

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Re: Salamanca

Postby Mark » July 23rd, 2014, 9:14 am

OXFORDMON wrote:202nd anniversary of the great battle 22nd July 1812.

Andy


Putting Waterloo aside, Salamanca was arguably Wellington's greatest battle?

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Re: Salamanca

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » July 23rd, 2014, 9:36 am

Yes, especially if you consider his strategy in creating a simultaneous front on the east coast of Spain to distract the French while he prepared for the Salamanca campaign.

Wellington, even at a distance, was an outstanding commander. His ‘Memorandum for Operations on the East Coast’ is an example of his genius and tactics. It's included as an appendix in Nick Lipscombe's Wellington's Forgotten Front.

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