Pen and Sword Books: Hougoumont and D'Erlon's Attack by Major Tim Saunders, Graeme Cooper, Major Mike Peters, Andrew Duff, Frank Toogood, Tom Dormer, Battlefield History TV

Hougoumont and D'Erlon's AttackDVD
Hougoumont and D'Erlon's Attack (6 reviews)
by Graeme Cooper
by Tom Dormer
by Andrew Duff
by Major Mike Peters
by Major Tim Saunders
by Frank Toogood
by Battlefield History TV
Imprint: Pen & Sword Digital
Found in: Military DVDs
Napoleonic DVDs
Series: Waterloo Collection
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ISBN: 5060247620060
Published: 31 July 2011
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Hougoumont & D’Erlon’s Attack is the second part in the explosive four part series, The Waterloo Collection, which covers the entire Waterloo Campaign from Napoleon’s return to France and ensuing battles to his final pursuit and eventual surrender to the British.

Following on from Ligny and Quatre Bras, Part II starts by focusing on the concentration of the Allies on the ridge of Mont St Jean and the plans of the opposing armies. While the guns of the Grand Battery thundered in the centre, French columns bore down on the Hougoumont chateau and farm complex, which protected Wellington’s flank held by the Guards and their German allies. Thus began an epic ‘battle within a battle’ that sucked away valuable troops from Napoleon’s main attack, causing Wellington to declare that ‘the battle turned on the closing of the gates at Hougoumont’.

Meanwhile, with drums beating and Eagles to the fore, D’Erlons Corps attempted to bludgeon its way through Wellington’s centre, not knowing that the British and Dutch line was in waiting on the reverse slope. Upon seeing the French advance, the British released a disciplined volley of musket fire that checked the French. A further brilliantly timed charge by the Household and Union Cavalry Brigades finally saw the French off. Analysed in detail using the latest historical sources, the team provide a fresh slant on this phase of the battle.

The film was shot on location on the very field of Waterloo where the terrible events of this most iconic of battles took place. Brought to life with re-enactment on the battlefield by the regiments of the Napoleonic Society and leading authorities on the battle, Hougoumont & D’Erlon’s Attack is a must for any student of warfare.
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There is nothing like watching history come to life and what better way than in the comfort of your own home. This DVD is the second in the Waterloo Series following on from the first... [read full review]
Military Modelcraft International
Pen and Sword call this collection an ‘explosive four part series; and I really do think this sums it up in a nutshell. I enjoyed the first part of the serried but the second outdoes... [read full review]
Military Historical Society, Feb 2012
In a sum, viewers will spent about 90 minutes learning anew of some hidden aspects of one of history’s most famous battles
The Napoleonic Historical Society Newsletter
Part two of a series of four documentaries that aims to cover the entire Waterloo campaign, this 90 minute feature comes packed with a lot of information. Much of this is of great interest, going... [read full review]
Airfix Model World Magazine
Much to my regret I’ve never managed to visit the battlefield at Waterloo – the closest I have got was a realisation at Brussels main station that we didn’t have enough time to get to... [read full review]
Daly History Blog October 2011
The group of historians and battlefield guides responsible for writing, directing and presenting this history in the Waterloo Collection of DVDs has produced a lively and colourful account of a key part of the Battle... [read full review]
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Tim Saunders is a former Army officer and author of thirteen Battleground titles on a wide range of Second World War battles. Tim is now also a script writer, programme maker and presenter for Battleground History TV.

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