Quatre-Bras, Ligny and Waterloo; A Narrative of the Campaign in Belgium, 1815

Quatre-Bras, Ligny and Waterloo; A Narrative of the Campaign in Belgium, 1815

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...had taken the precaution of advising drawn into the first line, and before the commanders of his brigades that the affair was ended the want of he expected them to support whatever supports was most serious. Battle of open field, had cut down a Hanoverian battalion, and were on the point of attacking the Allied centre; on "-the left Pieton's two wasted brigades seemed about to be overborne by five of the intact brigades of D'Eiion. At this moment came the order to charge. The cuirassiers (a), triumphant from their overthrow of the Hanoverians, had ridden through the line of fire of two batteries and up to the brow of the Allied ridge; they had regained their order; their trumpets had sounded the charge; they were dashing forward with shouts of "Vive I'Einpereur!" upon Ompteda's and Kielmansegge's squares, which had already opened fire upon them, when the Household Brigade, also at charging speed, dashed into them. The shock was tremendous, but it answered the purpose of the English horsemen, whose aim was to wedge themselves in closely among their antagonists and come to close quarters, thus at once lessening the advantage the French derived from their much longer sabres and gaining for themselves the benefit of their superior weight both of men and of horses. "Swords gleamed high in air with the suddenness and rapidity of the lightning-flash, now clashing violently together, and now clanging heavily upon resisting armour; whilst with the din of the battle-shock were mingled the shouts and yells of the combatants. Eiders vainly struggling for mastery quickly fell under the deadly thrust or the well-delivered cut. Horses, plunging and rearing, staggered to the earth, or broke wildly from the ranks. But, desperate and...show more

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  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236891767
  • 9781236891761