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E.S. Turner, 16 July 1981

An Ensign in the Peninsular War: The Letters of John Aitchison 
edited by W.F.K Thompson.
Joseph, 349 pp., £15.95, March 1981, 0 7181 1828 6
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... son who preserved his diaries and correspondence. In setting the scene for the letters, Brigadier Thompson, a former military correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, writes in effect a complete history of the war, brisk and incisive, with political background. Sometimes this makes for repetition, as when the letters appear as pendants to the narrative. The lay ...

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