Spent the day at the Royal Engineers HQ at Chatham with officers from 36 Engineer Regiment. They are about to embark on a Peninsular War Battlefield tour and I was providing the historical information. Thanks to Colonel Hawkins and team.
The online booking system is now active for the Conference on 21 October 2017.
Bookings are through the Eventbrite System at this LINK.
Please book early to avoid disappointment.
Wellington’s Cornerstone: An International Conference on the Lines of Torres Vedras 21st October 2017 Registration 9.30am Conference 10am to 5pm
Confirmed speakers so far: • Professor Charles Esdaile • Colonel Nick Lipscombe • Professor Mendo Henriques, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa • Dr Mark S Thompson More speakers to be announced shortly along with the full programme Cost of the conference will be £50, including lunch, coffee and tea.
Members of the Friends of the Lines of Torres Vedras and BCMH will be entitled to a discounted rate of £40.
Another great conference organised by the Friends of the British Cemetery at Elvas. This two day event held at Long Melford in Suffolk, has an interesting range of speakers, including myself. Topic, a little known British Napoleonic general called George Madden.
I will be speaking at the conference on telegraphs on the Lines of Torres Vedras.Other speakers include, Charles Esdaile, Professor Mendo Henriques and Nick Lipscombe. More speakers likely to follow. On-line boooking to follow, please register interest through the Friends website. LINK
I have two of these left for purchase. Cost is £35 incl shipping in the UK. Contact for other destinations.
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I have just approved the proof and it should be available in the next week on Amazon.
If you are in the US, you can buy it from here;
My next project is nearing completion. I have transcribed and edited the letters of a young engineer officer called Lancelot Machell. Many of the letters talk about his education at the Royal Military Academy and about the formation of the School of Military Engineering (SME) which was set up to train the rank & file artificers for the Royal Engineers.
Machell was sent out to the Peninsula in 1812 with one of the first companies that had been through the SME and he served at the first siege of San Sebastian where he was sadly killed in the assault.
The book should be available on Amazon in the next few weeks.
This event will be held in the UK on 25 and 26 October 2017. I will be speaking on General George Madden who had an unusual military career and served in the Portuguese army during the Peninsular War.
I have a very limited number of books containing maps, plans and images to support my book Wellington's Engineers. They are A4 hardback with sixty full colour pages. No more than twenty will be produced and probably it will be much less. Each will be signed by me with the book number.
Cost will be £35 including shipping to the UK. For other destinations, please contact me for shipping costs.
If you are interested please contact me thrugh the 'Contacts page'
I will post some images in the next few days.
Military historian and author specialising in the Peninsular War 1808-14