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Walcheren to Waterloo (ePub)

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

Napoleonic Battle of Waterloo

By Dr Andrew Limm
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 4.6 MB (.epub)
Pages: 237
ISBN: 9781473874701
eBook Released: 13th November 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 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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