Waterloo: A New History
About the Book
Wellington remarked that Waterloo was "a damned nice thing," 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."
Fought on Sunday, June 18th, 1815, by some 220,000 men over rain-sodden ground in what is now Belgium, the Battle of Waterloo brought an end to 23 years of almost continual war between 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 Marshal Blücher, it brought about the French emperor's final exile to St. Helena and cleared the way for Britain to become the dominant military power in the world.
A former soldier, Gordon Corrigan 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.
The Napoleonic Wars are a source of endless fascination, and this authoritative volume provides a wide and colorful window into this all-important climactic battle.
This book also features 16 pages of color and black and white photographs.