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Napoleon's Waterloo Army (ePub)

Uniforms and Equipment

Military > Frontline eBooks > Frontline: Napoleonic Military > Pre-WWI > Napoleonic > Battle of Waterloo P&S History > By Century > 19th Century Photographic eBooks

By Paul L. Dawson
Frontline Books
File Size: 61.9 MB (.epub)
Pages: 696
Illustrations: 250
ISBN: 9781526705303
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.

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The Napoleonic Guide

There is certainly no shortage of photos of objects, parts of surviving uniforms, helmets, shakos, breastplates, exhibited in various museums around the world, as well as reproductions of paintings (unfortunately often depicting unknown officers) that faithfully portray the uniforms of the time. This therefore provides a volume of absolute value not only for the historian, but also for the reenactor and the uniformology enthusiast, creating a unique book that cannot be missed on the shelves of Napoleonic Wars enthusiasts.

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On The Old Barbed Wire

This is extensive as well and makes the book a must have for any military library. If the subject is of any interest to you, this is a must have! What more can I say?

Napoleonic Historical Society - reviewed by Todd Fisher

Overall, I think this is an impressive undertaking in terms of the research performed. It can be overwhelming in terms of presentation, so treat it as an encyclopaedia to dip into as required. Otherwise it is a worthwhile addition to any library on the Napoleonic period.

Waterloo Journal, Spring 2020 - review by Paul Chamberlain

If you are at all interested in the Armée du Nord uniforms and equipment, then this book is an indispensable addition and an absolute must to be added to your bookshelf. Very highly recommended.

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Thomo's Hole

One of the most comprehensive studies that have been conducted on the uniforms, weapons and equipment of the French field army of 1815 during the Battle of Waterloo.

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Miniaturas JM

This large, provocative and profusely illustrated book sheds new light on the campaign of 1815 and surely will satisfy all with an interest in the Napoleonic Era.

The Napoleonic Historical Society Newsletter

If Napoleonic uniforms and equipment appeals to you or you may be a uniform buff or Napoleonic re -enactor, then these books are essential reading.
In terms of modern works these are the best current Volumes and therefore a necessary investment.

Military Archive Research, Dr Stuart C Blank

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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