Arthur Wellesley, later duc de Wellington, was born en 1769, in the same year as Napoleon. Following a mediocre school career at Eaton, Wellesley entered l’armée britannique at the rank of Ensign. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel already en 1793, commanding the 33rd Regiment of Foot during the disastrous Flanders campaign du duc de York. He later followed his older brother Richard Wellesley to India et quickly rose to Major-General. Arthur Wellesley commanded les forces britanniques pendant la Deuxième Guerre Anglo-Marathe, 1803–1805, au course de laquelle he won the Battles of Assaye et Argaum. En 1808, Wellesley landed in Portugal avec 14,000 hommes et fought an arduous war against l’armée française of the peninsula, until son Armée Anglo-Alliée crossed the Bidassoa on 7 Octobre 1813 et marched into France. When the cease-fire was signed en 1814, Wellington et Napoléon had not yet faced eachother on the battlefield. Their first et only engagement came en 1815, when the two talented commanders met at the Bataille de Waterloo, which Wellington was able to decide in his favor thanks to the support de l’armee prussienne. Wellington never lost a battle at which he was personally present.
- Horse et rider are anatomically correct.
- The 16-page Osprey booklet contains many colourful illustrations, it describes Wellington’s successful peninsular campaigns, his first et only engagement avec Napoléon at Waterloo, et his political carreer after the Guerres Napoléoniennes.
- Compatible avec figurines militaires et civiles de chez King & Country en 1/30.
- The horse furniture has not been painted well.
- Wellington does not hold the horse’s rênes in his hands properly.
- le Duc de Fer is riding without a saddle. Perhaps the saddle was to have been painted on the saddle blanket as is typical of other del Prado cavalry figurines.
This del Prado napoleonic cavalry miniature du 1r duc de Wellington is dressed in a relatively unspectacular fashion, it’s not one of the highlights of this series of 1/30 scale figurines.
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