This book focuses on the sieges of Saragossa, Tortola and Tarragona, and the campaign in Catalonia and Aragon. Every major battle where Suchet was in command or where his subordinates were acting on his behalf is examined in great detail, and it is possible to picture some of the horrors that accompanied the storming of a ferociously defended city.
As ever, there are a good number of colour and black and white images of various personalities and troop types, together with half a dozen really handy and well drawn colour maps. A plethora of appendices give us detailed orders of battle at various stages throughout the campaign; those of the various Spanish armies are especially interesting.
Overall then, this is a tremendous book, bringing to the fore the details of this campaign often regarded as a bit of a sideshow when compared to the more ‘exciting’ campaigns to the west. I look forward to seeing the second volume, which takes us up to the ejection of the French from Spain in 1814.