Wellington's Right Hand: Rowland, Viscount Hill
General Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount Hill of Almarez was imaginative, brave â€“ and perhaps more surprisingly for the period in which he lived an d fought â€“ compassionate towards those under his command. He was a man who frequently led from the front in some of the deadliest battles of
the Napoleonic Wars. Hill was given his own â€˜detachedâ€™ corps and fought his way through Spain, Portugal and France, winning battles against the odds â€“ such at St Pierre, where he defeated the redoubtable MarÃ©chal Soult when outnumbered two to one. When ministers at home asked that Hill be allowed to leave the Peninsula and lead an army elsewhere, Wellington dismissed the idea with â€˜Would you cut off my right hand?â€™ Hill fought at RoliÃ§a, Corunna, Talavera, Bussaco, Almarez, Vitoria and Waterloo. He succeeded the Duke in 1828 as Commander-in-Chief. Based upon the
Hill papers made available to Joanna Hill â€“ the Generalâ€™s great, great, great niece â€“ and a wide range of other primary sources, Wellingtonâ€™s Right Hand is an important addition to the literature of the Napoleonic age and in particular to that of the Peninsular War.
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