War with Napoleon

War with Napoleon - Rebecca Mills October 15, 2007 The War...

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Rebecca Mills October 15, 2007 The War of Independence was one the Spanish were never supposed to win. Their army was underfunded and lacking in food, supplies, horses, and arms. The French army was lead by the greatest military genius of all, Napoleon, and outnumbered the Spanish army five to one. The French won battle after battle but they did not win the war. How did the Spanish army that was inferior in every way to the French manage to resist for six years and eventually free themselves from their tyranny? Through sheer patriotism and love for their country. What won the war for Spain was not their official army but rather common citizens, army deserters, and even peasants who practiced guerrilla warfare. In Spanish, guerrilla means “little war” and represented the citizens of Spain who banded together to fight the formal French army. The guerrillas knew the land well and would operate through ambush or would attack at night. In some ways they were as brutal as the French. Robert Hughes recounts a story about a
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