A Bold and Ambitious Enterprise


The British Army in the Low Countries, 1813–1814

By: Andrew Bamford
Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781848326859
Published: 5th June 2013
RRP / Print Price: £25.00

Current purchase price:
£25.00

A Bold and Ambitious Enterprise

The British campaign in the Low Countries in 1813–14 in support of the Dutch revolt against the French is one of the lesser-known campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars, but one of which the great historian of the British Army Sir John Fortescue
wrote that it was impossible to understand the Waterloo campaign without a knowledge of. 

Under the command of the Peninsular War hero General Sir Thomas Graham, an inexperienced and under-strength British army, short on supplies and enduring terrible winter weather, sought to capture the port of Antwerp and neutralise the French fleet based there. The problems of liaison and cooperation between the British and their Prussian allies under von Bülow, which blighted their attempts to capture the city despite Graham's success on the battlefield at Merxem, prefigured similar difficulties during the Hundred Days. There were further controversies with the Dutch, and with the Crown Prince of Sweden – once the French Marshal Bernadotte, but now overall Allied commander in the Low Countries – who was accused of hindering operations for his own ends. The campaign culminated in the disastrous night attack on the French fortress of Bergen-op-Zoom, in which British soldiers paid with their lives for the failures of their masters. 

The book deals with all aspects of the campaign, from grand strategy and the proposed marriage alliance between the House of Orange and the House of Hanover, to tactical analysis of the battles
and sieges that took place. This is a fascinating account both of a neglected Napoleonic campaign and of Britain's wider role in the Sixth Coalition against Napoleon.

 




Some books that may interest you

Supplying the British Army in the First World War
Supplying the British Army in the First World War
By: Janet Macdonald

Escaping Occupied Europe
Escaping Occupied Europe
By: Hylke Faber, Pieter Stolk

Betrayed Ally
Betrayed Ally
By: Christopher Arnander, Frances Wood

Thetis Down
Thetis Down
By: Tony Booth
Foreword by: Len Deighton

Chemical Soldiers
Chemical Soldiers
By: Donald Richter

The Great War on the Western Front
The Great War on the Western Front
By: Paddy Griffith

Posted in Wartime
Posted in Wartime
By: Richard Knott

Alan Turing
Alan Turing
By: Andrew Hodges

Testimony To Courage
Testimony To Courage
By: John Potter



Quick Find
 
Use keywords to find the book you are looking for.
Advanced Search

Information
Contact Us

Disclosure: Military History books are affiliates of the suppliers on this website and will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.


123 Reg - Jargon-free products that make it easy for anyone to get their business online.