We've arrive ad 1814 and the fall of Napoleon, the final expulsion of the French and the return of Ferdinand VII, "the Desired One".
The French, as always, will never surrender and Soult rushes back to try and save French honour south of the Pyrenees.
1813 begins with the final great French retreat and culminates in the aptly named battle of Vitoria.
This episode is entirely dedicated to probably the greatest invention of the Peninsular War: guerillas!
Wellington is relentless against the French in the west of the peninsula, but, like all good comic book characters, the French will return!
Today we take a break to talk about the great Spanish Constitution of 1812 that established a constitutional monarchy for the first time on the Iberian peninsula and was very revolutionary for its time.
1812 continues with the famous Battle of Salamanca in northwestern Spain.
Wellington pushes the French over the Portuguese border once more. In the east Suchet takes Valencia and, in March of 1812, the Cortes of Cadiz publish the first Spanish constitution.
We dedicate an episode to the events of 1811 and the struggles during that year. A record speed for this podcast, but don't worry, it'll be five episodes before we get to 1813!
We continue with 1810 and the third French excursion into Portugal! Third time's the charm?
Apologies for the loooong wait, it is explained in the podcast!
As we finish 1809 Wellesley is once again beaten off, France eyes the south and Spain seems lost once again!
The French are tightening their grip on Spain, but Wellesley is there to try and avoid French hegemony. Keyword is "try".
As we near the end of 1808 Napoleon rocks Iberia and destroys the hopes of Spain.
Apologies for the long wait, here is the lastest episode, as we near the end of 1808 and Spain pushes north!
I am back with the battle of Vimiero! And either Junot's or Wellesley's defeat.
Short little interlude, my apologies.
The podcast will update again on the 27th!
Zaragoza is held and Wellesley advances south! The French are on the backfoot now.
At Bailén, the first true battle of the Peninsular War happens and the unbeatable French Army comes into contact with the Spanish who had been routed everywhere else.
Napoleon marches his troops into Portugal and then Spain and does not understand that he will face resistance.
On our first episode we begin our dealings with the Peninsular War, that Spanish Ulcer that Napoleon never could get lanced.
Join us as we begin to look at the fight for a backwater kingdom that ultimately ruined the great French Emperor!