(I hope it's OK to post this here. If not, the mods can delete it - or let me know and I will.)
Welcome to the Napoleonic Wars
It is May 1809. Armies are on the move to fight battles that will decide the fate of nations.
Four years ago, the British fought and defeated the combined fleets of France and Spain, breaking the naval power of France. They won a glorious victory at the cost of their Admiral's life. Last year, the French army entered Spain and the Spanish joined the war against them.
French sea-power is broken, but her navy is not prepared to admit total defeat. A rogue frigate has been sighted off the Portuguese coast. Is this all that remains of the French navy – or is there something more sinister happening?
The French army has Europe under its sway and has remained undefeated... until last year when a small British force won two battles in Portugal. Victory was short-lived, however. Sir John Moore led a fighting retreat 400 miles across Spain to Corunna, where he turned to fight to gain time to embark Britain's last army. He died at the moment of victory knowing he'd won.
A new Army has arrived in Portugal and is marching north after the French, determined to avenge their General. In charge is Sir Arthur Wellesley, who took them to victory a year before. The French are not accustomed to defeat and the struggle will be a long one.
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This is a world at war. From battles at sea to skirmishes on land to the secret fact-finding missions of spies of both sides, there is danger at every turn. There is friendship and camaraderie, too. But the clouds are gathering.
Where do your loyalties lie?
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(Cross-posted to look_sharpe, following_sea, hms_surprise, heyer_haven.)