'A superb little book that is micro-history at its best' Washington Post 'The brevity of this remarkable book belies the amount of work that went into it. One can only marvel at how well Professor Simms has gone through the original sources - the surviving journals, reminiscences and letters of the individual combatants - to produce a coherent and gripping narrative' Nick Lezard, Guardian The true story, told minute by minute, of the soldiers who defeated Napoleon - from Brendan Simms, acclaimed author of Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy Europe had been at war for over twenty years. After a short respite in exile, Napoleon had returned to France and threatened another generation of fighting across the devastated and exhausted continent. At the small Belgian village of Waterloo two large, hastily mobilized armies faced each other to decide the future of Europe. Unknown either to Napoleon or Wellington the battle would be decided by a small, ordinary group of British and German troops given the task of defending the farmhouse of La Haye Sainte. This book tells their extraordinary story, brilliantly recapturing the fear, chaos and chanciness of battle and using previously untapped eye-witness reports. Through determination, cunning and fighting spirit, some four hundred soldiers held off many thousands of French and changed the course of history.
The name Waterloo has become synonymous with final, crushing defeat. Now this legendary battle is re-created in a groundbreaking book by an eminent British military historian making his major American debut. Revealing how and why Napoleon fell in Belgium in June 1815, The Battle of Waterloo definitively clears away the fog that has, over time, obscured the truth. With fresh details and interpretations, Jeremy Black places Waterloo within the context of the warfare of the period, showing that Napoleon’s modern army was beaten by Britain and Prussia with techniques as old as those of antiquity, including close-quarter combat. Here are the fateful early stages, from Napoleon’s strategy of surprise attack—perhaps spoiled by the defection of one of his own commanders—to his younger brother’s wasteful efforts assaulting the farm called Hougoumont. And here is the endgame, including Commander Michel Ney’s botched cavalry charge against the Anglo-Dutch line and the solid British resistance against a series of French cavalry strikes, with Napoleon “repeating defeat and reinforcing failure.” More than a masterly guide to an armed conflict, The Battle of Waterloo is a brilliant portrait of the men who fought it: Napoleon, the bold emperor who had bullied other rulers and worn down his own army with too many wars, and the steadfast Duke of Wellington, who used superior firepower and a flexible generalship in his march to victory. With bold analysis of the battle’s impact on history and its lessons for building lasting alliances in today’s world, The Battle of Waterloo is a small volume bound to have a big impact on global scholarship.
Waterloo is probably the most famous battle in military history. Thousands of books have been written on the subject but mysteries remain and controversy abounds.By presenting more than 200 previously unpublished accounts by Allied officers who fought at the battle, this collection goes right back to the primary source material. In the letters the Allied officers recount where they were and what they saw. Gareth Glover has provided historical background information but lets the officers speak for themselves as they reveal exactly what happened in June 1815.Originally sent to, and at the request of, Captain W Siborne, then in the process of building his famous model of the battle, these letters have remained unread in the Siborne papers in the British Library. A small selection was published in Waterloo Letters in 1891 but much of vast historical significance did not see the light then and has remained inaccessible until now. Glover now presents this remarkable collection which includes letters here by Major Baring, George Bowles, Edward Whinyates, John Gurwood and Edward Cotton as well as letters by Hanoverian and King's German Legion officers.This is a veritable treasure trove of material on the battle and one which will mean that every historian's view of the battle will need correcting.
Explores the relationship between the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington prior to and in the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo, the most decisive battle of the nineteenth century.
Waterloo, Battle of, Waterloo, Belgium, 1815 by John Booth
Illustrated with documents, paintings, and relics of the period. Renowned Napoleonic historian, J. Christopher Herold recounts the fascinating details of the great battle of Waterloo which ended the career of the greatest conqueror of modern times—Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French.
This book, re-written for teen and young adult readers, is an exhilarating hour-by-hour account of the Battle of Waterloo as experienced by some REAL youngsters who were on the battlefield. Fifteen-year-old Lord William Lennox attends the famous ball in Brussels on 15 June 1815 when Wellington learns that Napoleon's army has invaded Belgium, and he witnesses the start of the battle. A seventeen-year-old ensign fresh from England is terrified and bewildered by his first taste of battle. Two young German brothers find themselves on the battlefield by mistake. There is a French drummer boy proud to belong to Napoleon's army. And there is six-year-old Mary Adwicke, one of the children whose mothers marched behind their soldier husbands and encamped near the battlefield. All the glory and gore of the battle is vividly evoked and set in a clear context so that the events of the day are easy to follow. Children at the Battle of Waterloo is a fascinating introduction to the history of warfare, is soundly researched, original and written with warmth and humanity. Julia Tugendhat has written a number of therapeutic self-help books as well as 11 books for children under the name of Julia Dobson.
Published to coincide with the 190th anniversary of the battle, this vivid and original reconstruction of the Battle of Waterloo narrates the story of this historic conflict between Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington, which changed the face of nineteenth-century Europe, from the point of view of all combatants. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Waterloo was the last battle fought by Napoleon and the one that finally ended his imperial dreams. But this book is not only about a battle and its place in history. It also offers insights into the afterlife of Waterloo and its contrasting place in the memory of the combatant nations. In Britain and across the British Empire it became an iconic battle, the by-word for an incisive victory, with Wellington the general who had defeated the greatest military leaderof his generation. But in Prussia it was no more than a footnote to the victory at Leipzig, in Holland a vehicle for the House of Orange. And in France it was the epitome of a heroic defeat that servedto sustain the romantic legend of the Napoleonic Wars and contributed to the growing cult of Napoleon himself.
As the Battle of Waterloo reached its momentous climax, Napoleon's Imperial Guard marched towards the Duke of Wellington's thinning red line. The Imperial Guard had never tasted defeat and nothing, it seemed, could stop it smashing through the British ranks. But it was the Imperial Guard that was sent reeling back in disorder, its columns ravaged by the steady volleys of the British infantry.The credit for defeating the Imperial Guard went to the 1st Foot Guards, which was consequently honoured for its actions by being renamed the Grenadier Guards. The story did not stop there, however, as the 52nd Foot also contributed to the defeat of the Imperial Guard yet received no comparable recognition.The controversy of which corps deserved the credit for defeating the Imperial Guard has continued down the decades and has rightly become a highly contentious subject over which much ink has been spilled. But now, thanks to the uncovering of the previously unpublished journal of Charles Holman of the 52nd Foot, Gareth Glover is able to piece together the exact sequence of events in those final, fatal moments of the great battle.Along with numerous other first-hand accounts, Gareth Glover has been able to understand the most likely sequence of events, the reaction to these events immediately after the battle and how it was seen within the army in the days after the victory. Who did Wellington honour at the time? How did the Foot Guards gain much of the credit in London? Was there an establishment cover-up? Were the 52nd robbed of their glory? Do the recent much-publicised arguments stand up to impartial scrutiny? The Great Waterloo Controversy is the definitive answer to these questions and will finally end this centuries-old conundrum.
From the team that brought you the bestselling Bradshaw's Handbook comes another fantastic facsimile reproduction – The Battle of Waterloo. First published in the months after the battle, this unique title gives an unprecedented glimpse into how the battle of Waterloo was viewed in its immediate aftermath. Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the battle, this is a collection of reports of the battle from all sides, records of the orders issued to both armies, the official gazette sent by Wellington, the firsthand accounts of French marshals, sobering lists of those killed in the battle, the obituaries of key figures, a full narrative description of the battle and interpretations of the battle on the ground, including letters from the Duke of Wellington. Two beautifully detailed concertinafold maps and a detailed panorama of the battlefield, hand drawn by a survivor of the battle, complete this incredible collection.