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CRUMPLIN Michael, The Bloody Fields of Waterloo: Medical Support at Wellington's Greatest Battle

<i> © Ken Trotman Books </i>

© Ken Trotman Books

Description: From the publishers:
This study begins with a brief overview of the principal battle of the 1815 campaign, with medical commentary, where appropriate. After this, the next two chapters give a short outline of the ranking and types of medical staff are given with their responsibilities. There was one notable visitor to Brussels after Waterloo, Britain's only (Regius) Professor of Military Surgery in Edinburgh, John Thomson, who toured the Belgium hospitals after the battle and wrote a valuable report on his findings among the wounded. The fourth chapter concerns Thomson's visit and is annotated. This is followed by chapters containing a collection of (largely British Army) medical anecdotes relating to wounded officers and men, some better known than others. These precede an epilogue and a comprehensive list of members of the Army Medical Department who served in the battle, or who arrived later to assist with the large number of casualties in the Low Countries.

Place and publisher: Ken Trotman Books

Date of publication: 2013

Number of pages: 272

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"...The French Piedmontese campaign in 1859 was carefully coordinated by the two powers. It required meticulous political and military planning to succesfully wage war and oust the Habsburgs from the Italian peninsula. This war is often overlooked in military histories outside of Italy, and overshadowed by the American Civil War and the Wars of German Unification. Nevertheless, the Second War of Italian Independence witnessed the first strategic and operational use of railroads, steamships, rifled muskets and artillery. Furthermore, the battles fought in 1859 invovled the largest armies since the Napoleonic Wars..."

Place and publisher: Rome: Ufficio Storico

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 380

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