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  • Bonaparte's Peninsular War Title Info
  • Planning Maps
  • Game Documents
  • Oman's History of the Peninsular War
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The Peninsular War was one of the longest and most drawn-out campaigns of the Napoleonic War; a piece of Imperial regime change designed to close off the last European ports open to British trade, which instead developed into the "Spanish Ulcer" that sapped the strength of Napoleon's empire and left him to fight a two-front war that would ultimately destroy him.

After 1808, Napoleon left the Peninsular conflict in the hands of his brother Joseph, and of the marshals and generals commanding the various French armies. No one man was given supreme command of all French forces in Spain, and French operations – though frequently successful on a local level, were marred by a lack of cooperation. This was made yet worse by Napoleon's own attempts to run the war by remote control from Paris, sending written orders that were out of date even before they were dispatched.

Though often defeated, and similarly bereft of central control for the early years of the war, the Spanish leaders kept on putting fresh armies into the field, while the civilian populace refused to surrender and fought a bloody guerrilla war against the invaders. This tied down a large part of the French forces, limiting the numbers available to pursue further conquests. As a result, once their initial occupying army had been driven out in 1808, the French were never able to conquer Portugal, which was defended by its own reorganized forces and by a growing British contingent. The British were led by Arthur Wellesley, a man of outstanding ability who would subsequently get the better of Napoleon himself at Waterloo. Although initially the French had the upper hand, the reorganization of the Portuguese army by Beresford and the construction of the Lines of Torres Vedras secured Portugal from French conquest. Thereafter, Portugal would become the base for the Anglo-Portuguese army that would eventually join with the Spanish to evict the French from the Peninsula.

Bonaparte's Peninsular War will take you through battles and campaigns focused in and around Portugal, but also branch out into Spain for some of the early war actions of 1809. The balance of the Peninsular conflict is covered in a follow-up title currently in development.


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  • Over 170 scenarios to include the battles of Badajoz, Bailen, Oporto, Rolica, Talavera, Vimeiro, and many more.
  • Three campaigns are included covering 1809 & 1810 in Portugal as well as the series of battles leading up to and including Vimeiro in 1808.
  • A tutorial scenario that will help the players learn the game system.

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  • Over 40 maps with the largest being over 84,000 hexes.
  • Turn scale is either 15 or 10 minute turns
  • A Scenario Editor that allows the players to build their own scenarios.
  • A Campaign Editor that allows the players to build their own campaigns.
  • Play modes include A/I, Hot Seat, PBEM, LAN & Internet play.

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  • 2D Zoom-In View
  • A/I Enhancements
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  • Developer: John Tiller
  • Artist: Joseph Amoral
  • Uniform Research: Mark Adams
  • Background Music: Thomas Hook
  • Project Coordinator: Rich Hamilton
  • Scenario Design: Richard White & Andrew Bamford
  • Orders of Battle: Andrew Bamford
  • Graphics Team: Mark Adams (Coordinator) & Joe Amoral
  • Playtesters: Andy Moss, Jim Owczarski, Jim Hall, Mike Cox, Joao Lima, & Doug Fuller

System Requirements:

Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8
Processor: 1 GHz
Disk Space: 1 GB
Memory: 1 GB
Video Memory: 512 MB

Get Bonaparte's Peninsular War today.
Planning Maps (Note these are 2d Zoom Out mode or 3d Zoom In mode)   
Arcis sur Aube map Bar sur Aube/Colombey map Brie Plateau East map
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Fere Champenoise map La Rothiere map Laon Craonne map
Fere Champenoise: 4.89 mb gif La Rotherie: 5.85 mb gif Laon Craonne: 10.1 mb gif

Meaux map Mincio map Mormant-Montereau map
Meaux: 1.67 mb gif Mincio: 6.84 mb gif Mormant-Montereau: 16.3 mb gif

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Game Documents & Misc
Getting Started
Designer's Notes
Volume 1
1807-1809: From the Treaty of Fontainebleau to the Battle of Corunna
Volume 2
January to September 1809: From the Battle of Corunna to the End of the Talavera Campaign.
Volume 3
September 1809 to December 1810: Ocaña, Cadiz, Bussaco, Torres Vedras
Volume 4
December 1810 to December 1811: Massena's Retreat, Fuentes de Oñoro, Albuera, Tarronga
Volume 5
October 1811 to 31 August 1812: Valencia, Cuidad Rodrigo, Badojoz, Salamanca, Madrid
Volume 6
1 September 1812 to 5 August 1813: The Siege of Burgos, The Retreat from Burgos, The Campaign of Vittoria, The Battles of the Pyrenees
Volume 7
August 1813 to 14 April 1814: The Capture of St Sebastian, Wellington's Invasion of France, Battles of the Nivelle, the Nive, Orthez, & Toulouse



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