Arthur wellesley 1st duke of wellington would be on any shortlist for the award of the greatest british military commander of all time in leading his army to victory in the peninsular war 1808 14 and then defeating napoleon at waterloo 1815 wellington demonstrated military skills of the . Drawing a lot of material from memoirs of the period the author traces the campaigns of arthur wellesly the duke of wellington both officers and men of the british and german troops that served with him in the peninsular and waterloo and other soldiers of hanoverian nassau and dutch belgian origin from the latter battle help to give voice to the armies that fought napoleon and his marshals. Recent research into the duke of wellingtons armies during the peninsular war and the waterloo campaign has enhanced our understanding of the men he led and this new biographical guide to his brigade commanders is a valuable contribution to this growing field. Arthur wellesley 1st duke of wellington kg gcb gch pc frs 1 may 1769 14 september 1852 was an anglo irish soldier and tory statesman who was one of the leading military and political figures of 19th century britain serving twice as prime ministerhis victory against napoleon at the battle of waterloo in 1815 puts him in the first rank of britains military heroes
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