Waterloo : A New History of the Battle and its Armies

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Fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, by some 220,000 men over rain-sodden ground in what is now Belgium, the Battle of Waterloo brought an end to twenty-three years of almost continual war between revolutionary and later imperial France and her enemies. A decisive defeat for Napoleon and a hard-won victory for the Allied armies of the Duke of Wellington and the Prussians led by the stalwart Blucher, it brought about the French emperor's final exile to St Helena and cleared the way for Britain to become the dominant world power.

A former soldier, Gordon Corrigan is the author of an acclaimed military biography of Wellington and has walked the battlefields of the Napoleonic era many times. He is perfectly placed to offer a robust, clear and gripping account of the campaign that surveys the wider military scene before moving on to the actions at Quatre Bras and Ligny and then the final, set-piece confrontation at Waterloo itself. He is also well qualified to explore, often in fascinating detail, the relative strengths and frailties of the very different armies involved - French, British, Dutch, Prussian and German - of their various arms - infantry, artillery and cavalry - and of their men, officers and, above all, their commanders.

Wellington remarked that Waterloo was 'a damned nice thing', 'nice' meaning uncertain or finely balanced. He was right. For his part, Napoleon reckoned 'the English are bad troops and this affair is nothing more than eating breakfast'. He was wrong, and this splendid book proves just how wrong.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 165 x 241 x 34mm | 763g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 2x8pp colour plates. Maps.
  • 1848879288
  • 9781848879287
  • 444,477

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A vigorous, lucid, well-organised and entertaining account of the Waterloo campaign and the armies that fought it. -- David Crane * Spectator * A brisk, no-nonsense, soldierly account, which is packed with facts... Superb -- Nigel Jones * Literary Review * A hugely enjoyable, illuminating and very gory read * Catholic Herald * Lively and entertaining... Even for those well-acquainted with Waterloo, this text is an enjoyable contribution to the extensive literature * Soldier * Gripping... A superb addition to an overscuffed genre * Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) *
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About Gordon Corrigan

Gordon Corrigan was commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1962. He was awarded the MBE (military) in 1996 and retired from the Royal Gurkha Rifles in 1998. He is a member of the British Commission for Military History, a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Farriers. He is the author of a number of books of military history including Sepoys in the Trenches; Mud, Blood and Poppycock; Blood, Sweat and Arrogance; The Second World War; and A Great and Glorious Adventure.
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