It would take almost six years to shape and hone Wellington's Peninsular army into a fighting machine that could eventually match any other force in the world. From August 1808 on however, Arthur Wellesley's soldiers and their allies had much to learn. Success would depend on sound logistics, good morale, strong discipline and attention to great detail - also on appointing the right men for the tasks in hand. So it had to be for the Army Medical Department.
George James Guthrie accompanied Wellington during the Peninsular War and performed many operations in the field of battle, including amputations. He went on to be a President of the Royal College of Surgeons. The article describes many of his medical experiences during the War.
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