The author considers a letter written by Wellington to Junot (illustrated) in January 1811. The letter expresses concern for Junot who was injured in battle and also informs him that his wife has had a son. Why would Wellington send such a letter to his opponent on the battlefield? While consistent with the military code of honour at the time, the author feels that it was also designed to let Junot know that the Allies knew exactly what was happening to the French forces. It was an exercise in psychological warfare.
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