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Napoleon's Waterloo Army (Hardback)

Uniforms and Equipment

Napoleonic Frontline Books Battle of Waterloo Photographic Books Frontline: Napoleonic Era Military 19th Century

By Paul L. Dawson
Frontline Books
Pages: 696
Illustrations: 250
ISBN: 9781526705280
Published: 2nd October 2019

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When Napoleon returned to Paris after exile on the Island of Elba, he appealed to the European heads of state to be allowed to rule France in peace. His appeal was rejected and the Emperor of the French knew he would have to fight to keep his throne.

In just eight weeks, Napoleon assembled 128,000 soldiers in the French Army of the North and on 15 June moved into Belgium (then a part of the kingdom of the Netherlands). Before the large Russian and Austrian armies could invade France, Napoleon hoped to defeat two coalition armies, an Anglo-Dutch-Belgian-German force under the Duke of Wellington, and a Prussian army led by Prince von Blücher. He nearly succeeded.

Paul Dawson’s examination of the troops who fought at Ligny, Quatre-Bras and Waterloo, is based on thousands of pages of French archival documents and translations. With hundreds of photographs of original artefacts, supplemented with scores of lavish colour illustrations, and dozens of paintings by the renowned military artist Keith Rocco, Napoleon’s Waterloo Army is the most comprehensive, and extensive, study ever made of the French field army of 1815, and its uniforms, arms and equipment.

This is the third volume of a series, this volume covering Napoleon’s Army assembled to face the Allied Army at Waterloo. The uniforms and equipment of the Regiments are beautifully illustrated with images in the form of coloured drawings and photographs of museum exhibits – Highly Recommended.

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Featured 'ON THE BOOK SHELF' by Neil Smith

Wargames Illustrated, October 2019

Yet another superb volume from Paul Dawson banishing for ever debates on the uniforms and equipment of the French Army at Waterloo. As before in his expert examination of the Guard Infantry and Guard Cavalry his primary sources are impeccable, and colour photographs of uniforms currently in museums (and their provenance) is excellent. Highly recommended. (Get the set, you cannot go wrong if you want certainty about the French Napoleonic Army).

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Paul L. Dawson

Paul L. Dawson BSc Hons MA MIFA FINS, is a historian and author, specialising in the French Army of the Napoleonic War. In addition, as a noted equestrian, this allows him to have a greater understanding of what was and what was not possible for cavalry and other troops which utilised horses. Working as a historical tailor producing museum-quality replica clothing gives him a unique insight into construction techniques of the period, as well the knowledge and ability to decipher documents from the period.

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