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A dramatic DVD telling the story of the 1808/9 Corunna campaign in the Peninsular War when a British Force under Sir John Moore retreated to the coast in appalling winter conditions, hotly pursued by the French led by Marshal Soult and the great Napoleon himself.
95th Rifles 1800 to Corunna is the next DVD in The Peninsular Collection from BHTV and Pen and Sword Digital, and explores the history of the 95th Rifles, masters of the battlefield and particularly skilled in skirmishing.They played a momentous role in the outcome of the Peninsular War. Following the events set out in the Salamanca DVD, this film serves as a prequel to explain the years leading up to the Battle of Salamanca, starting with Sir John Moore's retreat to La Corunna in the winter of 1808/1809. In November 1808 the British army advanced into Spain to assist the Spanish in their struggle against the invading forces of Napoleon. The army had advanced to Salamanca when Moore judged that the Spanish forces were beaten, and considered that to avoid disaster he must retreat to the coast. Before doing so, he seized an opportunity to threaten Napoleon's communications with France hoping that he might divert his forces and give other parts of Spain and Portugal a few months' respite to reorganise. Napoleon responded with customary speed and decisiveness, directing his marshals to trap the British, himself leading an army in forced marches in winter conditions. Moore managed to keep ahead of the pursuing French and avoid entrapment. The retreat of the British, closely pursued by the French, took them through mountainous terrain, in dreadful conditions of cold and snow. On the march the British army lost 3,000 men with 500 more left in hospitals. At times discipline broke down, but eventually they reached the port of Corunna, where they expected to find a fleet to take them back them to England. As day broke on 16 January the French were in position on the heights, and all through the morning both armies observed each other across the valley between them. Moore planned to continue the embarkation later that day if Marshal Soult did not attack. By afternoon Moore considered an attack unlikely and ordered the first divisions to make their way to the port; the rest of the army would follow at dusk, but shortly after, at 2pm, he learned that the French were attacking. Soult's plan was to move against the strongly-placed British infantry of the left and centre in order to contain it while the infantry division of Mermet attacked the more vulnerable British above the village of Elvina. The cavalry was deployed further west near the more open country leading to Corunna. If the attacks succeeded they could seize the western end of the British lines and push on to cut off the bulk of the army from Corunna. The British got away, but Moore was killed. Filmed on location where the original battles took place over 200 years ago, the BHTV team experience first-hand the diversity of the Spanish weather in winter with rain, sleet, snow and sub-zero conditions, giving the viewer an idea of what the British and French troops had to endure at the time. Complimented by re-enactment footage from the 95th Rifles Living History Society, this DVD is compulsive viewing for all students of the period.


Product Code: 25257
Author: Battlefield History
ISBN: 5060247620190
Format: DVD. 105 minute running time. Published Price £16.99
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