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On the Fields of Glory (Hardback)

The Battlefields of the 1815 Campaign

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By Michael Corum, Andrew Uffindell
Frontline Books
Series: The Napoleonic Library
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9781848328204
Published: 10th June 2015

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• A sparkling history of the Waterloo campaign • Serves as a guide to the 1815 battlefields • Complete with numerous eyewitness accounts This spirited history of the 1815 campaign provides a new and stimulating account of the epic confrontation at Waterloo and, in addition, acts as a reliable guide to the battlefield and all related sites. The authors have divided the battlefield of Waterloo into three distinct sectors: one for each of the three armies involved. This allows the reader to follow the fighting from three different perspectives and gain an objective understanding of the dramatic course of the battle. The authors also make use of vivid eyewitness testimony, drawn from participants in all three armies, and this brings to life the epic battle and provides a dramatic backcloth to the rapid course of events. Previously unpublished letters from British officers, the recollections of a Dutch-Belgian staff officer and the memoirs of a French colonel of cuirassiers all contribute to an understanding of just what it was like to fight in one of Europe's most crucial confrontations. In addition to covering Waterloo itself, this important book also examines the tense situation in Brussels as the French drew near, the aftermath of the battle, the battle at Wavre, the Prussian pursuit and Marshal Grouchy's stubborn defence of Namur. Andrew Uffindell is an authority on the 1815 campaign. He has first-hand knowledge of the campaign's battlefields and is also the author of The Eagle's Last Triumph. Michael Corum is an author and military historian living in California.

First published in 1996 and now in 2015, this history of the 1815 Waterloo campaign provides not only an account of the confrontations, but in addition, also acts as a guide to the battlefields and related sites. The authors have divided the battlefield of Waterloo into three distinct sectors, one each for the three armies involved. This approach offers the reader the opportunity to follow the fighting from three different perspectives and helps gain an objective understanding of the course of the battle. The authors make use of eyewitness testimonies, drawn from participants in all three armies.

Previously unpublished letters from British officers, the recollections of a Dutch-Belgian staff officer and the memoirs of a French colonel of cuirassiers all contribute to an understanding and appreciation of what it must have been like to fight in this crucial action. As well as covering Waterloo, this title looks at the tense situation in Brussels as the French draw near, the aftermath of the battle, the fight at Wavre, the Prussian pursuit and Marshal Grouchy’s defence of Namur.

There are 55 monochrome illustrations, 23 diagrams and drawings, plus 32 maps. Further there are three appendices, one listing the orders of battle of the three armies engaged in the 1815 campaign, the second listing museum addresses and opening times, the third lists the sources used. Finally an index to the text is provided.

Overall, an excellent and concise work – if you missed it first time around, it is strongly suggested that the omission is rectified with this reprint.

Stuart Asquith, Author
 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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