The Waterloo Armies (Hardback)
Men, Organization and Tactics
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Waterloo is one of the most famous battles in history and it has given rise to a vast and varied literature. The strategy and tactics of the battle and the entire Waterloo campaign have been analysed at length. The commanders, manoeuvres and critical episodes, and the intense experiences of the men who took part, have all been recorded in minute detail. But the organization, structure and fighting strength of the armies that fought in the battle have received less attention, and this is the subject of Philip Haythornthwaite\'s detailed, authoritative and engaging study. Through a close description of the structure and personnel of each of the armies he builds up a fascinating picture of their makeup, their methods and their capabilities. The insight he offers into the contrasting styles and national characteristics of the forces that came together on the Waterloo battlefield gives a fresh perspective on the extraordinary clash of arms that ended the Napoleonic era.
Featured on the website ofPortsmouth Napoleonic Society
As a central point of reference for the Battle of Waterloo, therefore, this is a special book. If you are interested in the planning and sequence of the Battle, or indeed have a specific interest in the Battle of Waterloo, then this book is a must. Each of the three armies that fought in the campaign had individual style of organization, constitution and methods. Despite this, there were similarities in weaponry and operation. This book brings these aspects to the fore, providing forensic study and analysis this pivotal Battle, including the composition and role of Cavalry, Infantry and Artillery, in terms of organization, weapons and tactics.Jon Sandison
The strength of the work lies a thorough study on the organisation of hosts, in its structure and the way in which men fought, attending to personal and individual needs, abilities, methods, etc...José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM
...An interesting book for lovers of gunpowder, the sword book and a first-line documentation.
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Featured in.Revue du Souvenir Napoléonien