Napoleon's Waterloo Army (Hardback)
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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.
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.On The Old Barbed Wire
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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.Thomo's Hole
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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.Miniaturas JM
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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.Military Archive Research, Dr Stuart C Blank
In terms of modern works these are the best current Volumes and therefore a necessary investment.
I believe I may have owned a Douglas Dauntless as part of my Airfix aeroplanes in 1/72nd scale back in the 1950s/60s; indeed, I had most of the kits that Airfix offered in those days. The Dauntless is an American fighter plane, of course, and I may have concentrated on English warplanes, but the shape looks familiar, and Peter Smith's book traces its illustrious history throughout the second world war and beyond in vivid detail.Books Monthly
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.Firetrench
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Featured 'ON THE BOOK SHELF' by Neil SmithWargames 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
Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide
From its origins as the Consular Guard of the French Republic, and as Napoleon’s personal bodyguard, the Imperial Guard developed into a force of all arms numbering almost 100,000 men. Used by Napoleon as his principle tactical reserve, the Guard was engaged only sparingly, being deployed at the crucial moment of battle to turn the tide of victory in favour of the Emperor of the French. Naturally, the Imperial Guard has been the subject of numerous books over many decades, yet there has never been a publication that has investigated the uniforms and equipment of the infantry of the Imperial…By Paul L. Dawson
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