J. W. Chambers
Much has been written under this heading, a topic that instinctively leads one to think back to World War II, a period still vivid in the memory of many. Taking a journey back in time, to 1807 to be precise, the horrors of war brought home by presence of an army of occupation under General Junot (illustrated), was the lot of the inhabitants of Lisbon which included a large British community and, in no way could it be compared to the hardships and privations of 1939-45.
Unlike Hitler's army that halted at the Pyrenees in 1940, Napoleon waged a long distance war against D. João the Prince Regent who was torn between honouring the alliance with Great Britain and, the Emperor's demand that the Atlantic ports be closed to British ships.
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