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The Waterloo Armies (Paperback)

Men, Organization and Tactics

Military > Pre-WWI > Napoleonic > Battle of Waterloo

By Philip Haythornthwaite
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 100 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526796943
Published: 15th April 2021


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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.

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Portsmouth 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...

...An interesting book for lovers of gunpowder, the sword book and a first-line documentation.

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José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM

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About Philip Haythornthwaite

Philip Haythornthwaite is one of the most distinguished and prolific writers on the military history of the Napoleonic era. He has long been established as an authority on the major battles of the time, in particular those fought in the Iberian peninsula, and he has made a special study of the armies and the soldiers who confronted each other across Europe during 15 years of almost continuous warfare. His many previous books include: The Peninsular War: The Complete Companion to the Iberian Campaigns 1807-14, The Armies of Wellington and Waterloo Men: The Experience of Battle, 16-18 June 1815.

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