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A Waterloo Hero (ePub)

The Adventures of Friedrich Lindau

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By Friedrich Lindau, Edited by Andrew Uffindell, Introduction by James Bogle
Frontline Books
File Size: 8.9 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781783461639
Published: 16th July 2009


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By all accounts, Friedrich Lindau was a remarkable soldier of the King's German Legion. He served with distinction under Wellington from Lisbon to as far as Bayonne, and was involved in all major engagements, including
Albuera, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vittoria and San Sebastian.

Most notably, he fought and was captured at La Haie Sainte but was the only ranking soldier mentioned by name in Major Baring's account of the battle. For his actions he was awarded the Guelphic Medal for Bravery. That said, he
had a reputation as a notorious forager, looter and was said to have killed a civilian while on leave in 1814.

More than 150 years after it was first written, A Waterloo Hero is the first ever translation of his diary. Lindau's account is unique: no other private soldiers took part in so many engagements and recorded their experiences.

Born in 1788 Freidrich Lindau served with the King's German Legion for six years and was awarded the Waterloo Medal. He married twice and had nine children. He wrote or dictated his memoir in 1846, perhaps to afford him some financial relief. This edition includes a Foreword by Lindau's Pastor, an Introduction by Rev James Bogle and has been edited by Andrew Uffindel, author of The Eagle's Last Triumph.

This book is a gem, and like most gems you won't find lying around in your local bookshop or library.

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Revue du Souvenir Napoléonien

A Waterloo Hero is one of my favourite memoirs. I cannot recommend it enough. This edition is the first time Lindau's memoirs have been translated into English and James Bogle should be commended for doing so.

Robert Burnham, The Napoleon Series

'This is a little gem. [Lindau's] memoirs were published in German in 1846, but have now been translated into English by James Bogle, who is himself a descendent of a KGL veteran. Andrew Uffindel, who is well known as an authority on Wellington's army, has expertly edited the memoirs. They make for vivid reading and are full of fascinating detail. A military memoir that fully deserves to become a classic'

Gary Sheffield - Military Illustrated Magazine
 Andrew Uffindell

About Andrew Uffindell

Andrew Uffindel is one of the leading experts on the Napoleonic era. He is the author of many books and articles in this field, including The National Army Museum book of Wellington’s Armies; Napoleon’s Immortals, Napoleon 1814 and Waterloo Commanders.

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