Badajoz 1812: Wellington's Bloodiest Siege (Campaign Series, by Ian Fletcher

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By Ian Fletcher

The storming of Badajoz used to be an epic motion which concerned Wellington’s infantry in one of the most savage hand-to hand struggling with of the full Peninsular conflict. At appalling expense in a nightmare attack throughout the evening of the 6 April 1812, Wellington’s infantrymen hacked their far more than the our bodies in their lifeless and wounded and during the large medieval partitions of the city. those have been held with nice tenacity, ability and braveness via a resolute French and German garrison. Having stormed the city the battle-crazed military went berserk and the horrors of the sacking which undefined, up to the elegant braveness of the attackers, have handed into legend.

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Thus, framework patrolling combined area security, situational awareness, intelligence-gathering, community relations, tactical diplomacy, and force protection, all in one. They did spot checks at weapons cantonment The Road to Kandahar sites, random vehicle searches for weapons, and cordon and search operations for illicit weapons hidden in towns and homes. A further major task for 2RCR was assisting the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) with the repatriation of families displaced by war.

Nowhere was this more evident than in the Afghan National Police (ANP), the only functional national institution in the province and the only measure Kandaharis had of their new government. That measure was poor. Undisciplined, underpaid, or unpaid, Afghan police officers fed their families or their drug addictions by taking bribes and by pillaging already poor Afghan homes. Corrupt police commanders siphoned off pay, driving their charges to desperation. ANP thievery badly shook Kandaharis’ limited faith in their government’s ability to “serve and protect” them.

These would be read out loud by educated members of the community and the themes found their way into mosque sermons. The messages were simple and direct: the Americans and their allies are infidels, Karzai is their puppet, and those who co-operate with either are equally guilty and will be punished when the Taliban defeats The Road to Kandahar the enemy. This skillful Information Operation was intended to prepare the “hearts and minds” of the population for the Taliban’s return and victory. ”54 The threats implicit in the shabnamah were driven home in fall 2002 with nightly shelling of Kandahar City.

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