Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
During the Peninsular War a detachment of energetic but inexperienced
young officers arrived to strengthen Wellington's forces. Wellington observed,
"I don't know what effect they will have upon the enemy, but by God,
they frighten me."
At Vienna Wellington was compelled to sit through a performance of
Beethoven's "Battle of Victoria" (or, "Wellington's Victory").
Afterward, a Russian envoy asked him if the music had been anything like
the real thing. "By God, no," said the duke. "If it had been
like that I'd have run away myself."
British general and statesman,
nicknamed "the iron Duke." After service in India, Wellesley
led the British campaign against Napoleon in Spain and Portugal—the
Peninsular War (1808-14). For his achievement he was made a duke. He and
the Prussian general Blücher finally defeated Napoleon at Waterloo
(1815). In 1828 he became Tory prime minister. Although a supporter of
the Roman Catholic emancipation bill (1829), he opposed parliamentary
reform and was eventually forced to resign (1830).
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