Lieut-Colonel (Retd) F.O. Cetre, MC
Beresford was an able but controversial character with a very strong personality. However, his fiery Irish temper did not make for easy relationships with subordinates and he did not possess the tactical flair of Wellington. Nevertheless he was a superb organiser and trainer and in this lies his greatest contribution to the Peninsular War. Without his training of the Portuguese soldiers it is difficult to see how Wellington could have carried the war to a successful conclusion.
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