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Waterloo Battlefield Guide (Paperback)

Second Edition

Military > Pre-WWI > Napoleonic > Battle of Waterloo

By David Buttery
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 291
Illustrations: 150
ISBN: 9781526731081
Published: 11th July 2018



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The defeat of Napoleon’s French army by the combined forces of Wellington and Blücher at Waterloo on 18 June 1815 was a turning point in world history. This was the climax of the Napoleonic Wars, and the outcome had a major influence on the shape of Europe for the next century and beyond. The battle was a milestone, and it cannot be properly understood without a detailed, on-the-ground study of the landscape in which it was fought – and that is the purpose of David Buttery’s battlefield guide. This thoroughgoing, lucid, easy-to-follow guide is a fascinating introduction for anyone who seeks to understand what happened on that momentous day, and it will be an essential companion for visitors to the battlefield in Belgium.

Correctly described by Pen & Sword as “thoroughgoing, lucid, easy to-follow” this guide is a must for the potential battlefield visitor. Covering the site of the battle, the strongpoint farms that so influenced the outcome, and the villages & hamlets that saw much of the action, to the museums and curiosities that can be discovered throughout the region. The battle was a milestone in history and this detailed, on-the-ground study of the landscape in which it was fought will certainly help proper understanding of this momentous event as we approach the bicentenary.

The Portsmouth Napoleonic Society

David Buttery produced a very useful guide to the battlefield in the first edition, and this update has certainly improved upon that. It is comprehensive, concise and easily carried with you while walking the area. I guarantee that if you take this guide with you it will be well-thumbed by the time you get home.

Waterloo Journal

Crucially, this is a book which anyone can enjoy and become fascinated by the story of one of the most pivotal episodes in European history. David Buttery deftly weaves eyewitness testimony, factual description, anecdotes, and historical debate together to create a compelling narrative of the battle, which is supplemented by a host of helpful maps, and advice on visiting the battlefield. The result is a companion guide to Waterloo which is clear, well laid out, and exceptionally helpful for both understanding the battle, and for navigating the field itself. Do not visit Waterloo until you’ve read this book!

Zack White, Doctoral Researcher and Assistant Lecturer at the University of Southampton
 David Buttery

About David Buttery

David Buttery has established a reputation as a leading historian of nineteenth-century British military history. He has made a particular study of the Napoleonic and Crimean wars. He has worked in newspapers and museums and has published extensively in many of the leading military history periodicals including the Victorian Military Society's journal, The Leicestershire Chronicle and Military Illustrated. His most recent books are Wellington Against Massena: The Third Invasion of Portugal 1810-1811, Messenger of Death: Captain Nolan and the Charge of the Light Brigade, Wellington Against Junot: The First Invasion of Portugal 1807-1808 and the Waterloo Battlefield Guide.

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