Selections from the Dispatches and General Orders of Field Marshall the Duke of Wellington

J. Murray, 1851 - 939 pages
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Page 15 - ... all rule, instead of being, as it is, the period during which of all others every rule for the regulation and control of the conduct of the soldier, for the inspection and care of his arms, ammunition, accoutrements, necessaries, and field equipments, and his horse and horse appointments...
Page 457 - God, they have hitherto had no knowledge ; and the cultivation, the beauty, the prosperity of the country, and the virtue and happiness of its inhabitants, would be destroyed, whatever might be the result of the military operations. God forbid that I should be a witness, much less an actor, in the scene...
Page 11 - ... very little damage, he extended his left, and moved forward his troops, apparently with an intention to embrace, by the position of his troops, and by his fire, our post on that of the two Arapiles which we possessed, and from thence to attack and break our line, or, at all events, to render difficult any movement of ours to our right.
Page 460 - Bellegarde, an aid-de-camp of Marshal Victor, and the colonel of the 8th regiment, with many other officers, killed, and several wounded and taken prisoners ; the field covered with the dead bodies and arms of the enemy, attest that my confidence in this division was nobly repaid. Where all have so distinguished themselves, it is scarcely possible to discriminate any as the most deserving of praise.
Page 3 - I am informed that Marshal Marmont is badly wounded, and has lost one of his arms ; and that four general officers have been killed, and several wounded. Such an advantage could not have been acquired without material loss on our side ; but it certainly has not been of a magnitude to distress the army or to cripple its operations.
Page 450 - It is to be hoped that the example of what has occurred in this country will teach the people of this and of other nations what value they ought to place on such promises and assurances ; and that there is no security for life, or for anything which makes life valuable, excepting in decided resistance to the enemy.
Page 2 - Tormes, we came up with the enemy's rear of cavalry and infantry near La Serna. They were immediately attacked by the two brigades of dragoons, and the cavalry fled, leaving the infantry to their fate. I have never witnessed a more gallant charge than was made on the enemy's infantry by the heavy brigade of the King's German Legion, under Major-General Bock, which was completely successful ; and the whole body of infantry, consisting of three battalions of the enemy's 1st division, were made prisoners.
Page 11 - D'Espana's Spanish division, and brigadiergeneral Pack should support the left of the 4th division, by attacking that of the Dos Arapiles, which the enemy held. The 1st and light divisions occupied the ground on the left, and were in reserve. The attack upon the enemy's left was made in the manner above described, and completely succeeded.
Page 4 - Macleod, of the 43rd regiment who was killed in the breach, His Majesty has sustained the loss of an officer who was an ornament to his profession, and was capable of rendering the most important services to the country.
Page 177 - There is an awkwardness in a secret which enables observing men (of which description there are always plenty in an army) invariably to find it out ; and it may be depended upon that whenever the public business ought to be kept secret, it always suffers when it is exposed to public view.

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