Waterloo: The French Perspective
© Pen & Sword
From the publishers:
The story of the Battle of Waterloo – of the ultimate defeat of Napoleon and the French, the triumph of Wellington, Blücher and their allied armies - is most often told from the viewpoint of the victors, not the vanquished. Even after 200 years of intensive research and the publication of hundreds of books and articles on the battle, the French perspective and many of the primary French sources are under-represented in the written record.
Andrew Field has tracked down over ninety first-hand French accounts, most of which have never been previously published in English, and he has combined them with accounts from the other participants in order to create a graphic new narrative of one of the world's decisive battles.
Place and publisher: Pen & Sword
Date of publication: 2012
Number of pages: 308
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Description: This book a facsimile reproduction of a contemporary account of the battle of Waterloo, packed with first-hand accounts and official reports. The first section is a narrative description of the campaign followed by various personal interpretations of the battle, including letters from such notables as the Duke of Wellington. This is followed by the official reports of the battle from all sides, including the various orders of the day issued to the different armies, the official gazette sent by Wellington and the first-hand accounts of French marshals such as Ney and Grouchy. The book concludes with sobering lists of the killed and wounded, those honoured after the battle and obituaries of the more prominent figures. The book features two beautifully detailed concertina-fold maps, one giving an overview of the campaign as a whole and the other detailing the positions on the battlefield itself. In addition to this there is a detailed panorama of the battlefield, done in pen and ink that is arranged in two six-part folded sections in the middle of the book.
Place and publisher: Osprey, London
Date of publication: 2015
Number of pages: 288
Description: From the publishers:
"The Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars profoundly affected German Central Europe. Thousands of German and Austrian soldiers fought as enemies and allies of France in military campaigns that stretched from the sierras of Spain to the snowfields of Russia. Meanwhile, German and Austrian civilians found their lives touched by warfare in a way not seen for decades. The political geography of area was transformed as the thousand-year Holy Roman Empire collapsed and Napoleon redrew state borders. Millions found themselves forced to adapt to the political and military reality of French domination.
This book traces the individual and collective experience of these momentous events in the letters, diaries and memoirs of contemporaries. It explores how soldiers and civilians wrote about both the horrors and pleasures of warfare and how these experiences were mediated by social status, sex, religion and geography. It suggests that despite the trauma of a generation of warfare, older, pre-Revolutionary interpretations of armed conflict remained important as eyewitnesses sought to explain and understand the turmoil around them".
Place and publisher: London,Palgrave Macmillan
Date of publication: 2013
Number of pages: 281
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