22 July 2006
Today is the 194th anniversay of the battle of Salamanca. This battle is the one that established the reputation of the Duke of Wellington among the ranks of Great Commanders. In bygone years, titles covering the Napoleonic Wars were steady sellers. Certainly the Trafalgar bicentenary was celebrated with enthusiasm by my former employers. Now that I'm out of the business, though, I wonder if it has the same cachet? It may just be my interests lie elsewhere, but the Napoleonic Wars seem to have become a secret enthusiasm, missing the far greater publicity given to the American Civil War and the two World Wars, although no doubt the French still celebrate the Napoleonic era with proper gusto.