*Here with HRH Dom Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, claimant to the Portuguese throne, as the head of the House of Braganza.

Colonel Américo Henriques was Professor at the Institute and High Military Studies; commanded Troops at the Infantry Practice School and Infantry Regiment n. 15 in Tomar, at which time the Convent of Christ aroused its greatest dedication and study.

 

He was Chief of Staff of the Operational Command of the Azores, Military Attaché of Portugal in Washington and Information Officer at the headquarters of the NATO in Brussels.

He served a Service Commission in the Commandos Battalion of Mozambique during the Overseas War in 1972 – 1973, and this was the highest point of his Military career.

 

He was awarded with several National and Foreign decorations, of them being highlighted the Gold Medal of Distinguished Services and the Degree of Commander of the Military Order of Santiago of the Sword imposed by The President of the Portuguese Republic on 10 Jun 11.

Infantry Colonel, “Command” in the Retirement situation, was born in Lisbon on May 25, 1946 and graduated from the Military Academy in 1970, being promoted to Ensign Infantry in that year.

He is qualified with the Course of Staff of the Portuguese Armies and the United Kingdom.

In his life dedicated to the study and teaching of Military History, he has guided national and international visits to the battlefields of Aljubarrota, Buçaco, Roliça, Vimeiro and Montes Claros, as well as the fortresses of Tomar and Almeida.

Among the various themes that have been addressed in the History of Portugal, highlights the Crisis of 1383-1385, fundamentally related to the battles of Atoleiros and Aljubarrota, whose battlefields have given several conferences and guided tours, both private and official, extending these visits to the Batalha Monastery, where he talks about the Avis Dynasty, the Chapel of the Founder and the Pantheon of that Dynasty until the Infante D. Afonso, son of King João II. Also visit the Imperfect Chapels, where the King is buried. Duarte.

Within the History of Portugal, another theme that has been dedicated is the War of the Acclamation, about which he has lectured in Portugal and Spain, and his speech at the official ceremonies on 1 December in Lisbon. lectures on this topic, extended to the Cause of Independence of Portugal, delivered at the Superior School of War in Madrid, and intended for students of the Course of General Officers of the Spanish Army. On this theme, we highlight the guided visit to the battlefield of Montes Claros.

He has also dedicated his attention to the theme related to the Period of the First and Second Liberalisms.

Thus, in visits and conferences, the theme has been addressed in the Institute of Military Studies, the Portuguese Committee on Military History, the Royal Tauromáquico Club, Turf Club, Viana do Castelo and Mafra, and this study was extended with visits guided to the battlefield of Asseiceira, and to the Church of Santo André de Frades, village of Póvoa de Lanhoso, where began the Revolution of Maria da Fonte.

The Military Orders of the Poor Knights of Our Lord Jesus Christ from the Temple of Solomon, universally known as the Templars, and the Templars, are mentioned in a preliminary conference for the visit to the Convent of Christ and the Church of Santa Maria do Olival in Tomar. Poor Knights of Our Lord Jesus Christ, successor of that one and known like Order of Christ.

This visit, which has been carried out both nationally and internationally, officially or privately, consists of an afternoon visit to Santa Maria and the Convent, where a historical description of the two Orders is made, emphasizing its importance for the Monument.

And of a nocturnal visit to the Convent, where, and as much as possible, we try to “make the stones speak”, so that we enter into the mystery that, historically, always surrounded those Military Orders.

During the visit, we also try to address episodes of our history linked to that extraordinary Monument.

Traditionally, the visit to Almeida seeks to coincide with the celebrations of the siege and fall of the village during the third French invasion, and has as a high point the recreation of a battle of the Napoleonic period. Taking advantage of this visit, the author has guided a visit to the battlefield of Fuentes de Oñoro, scene of the last episode of the so-called French invasions of Portugal.