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Walcheren to Waterloo (Hardback)

The British Army in the Low Countries during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1793–1815

Napoleonic Battle of Waterloo Military

By Dr Andrew Limm
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 237
ISBN: 9781473874688
Published: 19th September 2018

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The military success achieved by the Duke of Wellington casts a long shadow over the history of the British Army in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. The popular account of Britain's military record in the great struggle against Napoleonic France is chiefly one of glorious victories, with Britain cast as the saviour of Europe from the Corsican 'monster'. Most British historians have focused on retelling stories of British success, notably Wellington's, in Spain, Portugal and during the Hundred Days campaign and tend to pay little attention to British military defeats.

But is the focus on Wellington's career really an appropriate way to understand the performance of the British army in a conflict that lasted over twenty years? And what about the army’s poor record in the Low Countries, where it suffered defeats and sustained crippling losses during the same period? In this perceptive and highly readable study Andrew Limm answers these questions and provides a more balanced account of the British contribution to the downfall of Napoleon.

This is Andrew Limm’s first book having written his doctoral thesis at one of the best war studies departments in the UK. He is already an experienced historian for the period of the Coalition Wars that led on to the war against Napoleon. This work has all the trademarks of an academic thesis with notes from page 173-212 in small print - 39 pages with a bibliography of a further 19 pages. This is a work of scholarship but that does not mean it is dense and unreadable.

Given the complexity of the period Dr Limm carefully concentrates on the key issues of the time leading to a volume of manageable size that will encourage further reading around the subject. This is certainly a period of military history that needs a great deal more work and publications for the general reader. This work is not only very useful, but readable and accessible.

Robert Bartlett

If you are tired of reading that Britain's contribution to the Napoleonic Wars began in the Peninsula and ended at Waterloo, and if you are bored to death by hagiographies of Wellington, read Andrew Limm's excellent book.

Military History Monthly, May 2019 – reviewed by Patrick Mercer

An entertaining read.

Miniature Wargames, February 2019 – reviewed by Arthur Harman

This book is worth reading for the conclusion alone. Not only is it an excellent condensation of the previous chapters but it is a remarkable summation of Wellington as a military leader which captures his essence in a way superior to many more wordy works.
We recommend this book without reservation.

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About Dr Andrew Limm

Dr Andrew Limm teaches history at the King Edward VI High School for Girls, Birmingham. He holds a BA and PhD from the University of Birmingham. He has a passion for military history, in particular the history of the British army of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and this study focuses on its command, leadership and operational effectiveness.

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