Guild Recce: “Wellington’s Way” – Peninsular War
March 2 - 9, 2023
“I am going to take a little sleep. Watch with your glass. You see that large stone? Call me when the head of the French column reaches that point.”
Wellington to Lord Fitzroy Somerset prior to his great victory at Salamanca, 22 July 1812
The intent of this eight-day reconnaissance is to familiarise ‘Guild mates’ with the ground, battle sequences, briefing stands and walking route options on Wellington’s battlefields. We will also consider the administrative support available in terms of accommodation, restaurants, emergency services, cash points etc. Some of us are experienced ‘Badged’ Members while others are just starting their association with the craft. We are here to educate ourselves by learning from each other and to share in the camaraderie that is the Guild!
We take in Peninsular War battle sites that tested Wellington’s army and himself personally during the middle years of the Napoleonic Wars. We look at various aspects of his leadership and his logistical challenge and most importantly of all the ground where the actual combat happened. The Peninsular War proved that a large army could not survive, and a small army could not win.
More details can be found here.