The Prisoners of Cabrera: Napoleon's Forgotten Soldiers: 1809-1814.
Smith's research brings a less discussed area of the Napoleonic Wars, the war in Spain, to light, by focusing on its most horrific episode. On the Island of Cabrera, thousands of Napoleon's soldiers were held in an unwalled prison for five years. They surrendered at the Battle of Bailen, and thought they were boarding ships for France, only to find themselves in severe, inhumane conditions. Dropped off with only the clothes on their backs, no fresh water source, and meager food occasionally delivered by the Spaniards, forgotten by their own country, half of the 12,000 men and women survived. Well documented, full of illustrations. Macfarlane, Walter and Ross. 2001. Hb, dj. NEW. $15.00