Waterloo: The Campaign of 1815

Volume I: From Elba to Ligny and Quatre Bras

By: John Hussey
Foreword by: Hew Strachan

Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Paperback
Pages: 736
ISBN: 9781784384944
Published: 30th October 2019
RRP / Print Price: £19.99

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Waterloo: The Campaign of 1815

The first of two ground-breaking, prize-winning volumes on the Waterloo campaign, this book is based upon a detailed analysis of sources old and new in four languages. It highlights the political stresses between the Allies and their resolution, examining the problems of feeding and paying for 250,000 Allied forces assembling in Belgium during the ‘undeclared war’, and how a strategy was thrashed out.

Hussey investigates the neglected topic of how the slow and discordant Allies beyond the Rhine hampered the plans of Blücher and Wellington, thus allowing Napoleon to snatch the initiative from them. Napoleon’s operational plan is analysed (and Soult's mistakes in executing it) and accounts from both sides help provide a vivid impression of the fighting on the first day, 15 June. The volume ends with the joint battles of Ligny and Quatre Bras the next day.


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