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Waterloo: Rout and Retreat (Kindle)

Napoleonic Battle of Waterloo French Revolutionary Wars Military

By Andrew W Field
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 7.1 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 348
Illustrations: 10
ISBN: 9781526701725
eBook Released: 10th November 2017


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This, the fourth volume in Andrew Field's highly praised study of the Waterloo campaign from the French perspective, depicts in vivid detail the often neglected final phase – the rout and retreat of Napoleon's army. The text is based exclusively on French eyewitness accounts which give an inside view of the immediate aftermath of the battle and carry the story through to the army's disbandment in late 1815. Many French officers and soldiers wrote more about the retreat than they did about the catastrophe of Waterloo itself. Their recollections give a fascinating insight to the psyche of the French soldier. They also provide a first-hand record of their experiences and the range of their reactions, from those who deserted the colours and made their way home, to those who continued to serve faithfully when all was lost. Napoleon’s own flight from Waterloo is an essential part of the narrative, but the main emphasis is on the fate of the beaten French army as it was experienced by eyewitnesses who lived through the last days of the campaign.

This book is well written, but contains mainly text with a few maps scattered throughout. It gives a fascinating insight into the lives of those who took part and how war affects those who are caught up in it. There are not many books that give the reader the perspective from the losing side of a battle, but it is refreshing to read. History is only taught from the winning side, but to understand what happened you need to know both sides.

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This is a splendid study of an unfamiliar aspect of an otherwise very familiar subject.

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History of War

This is a hefty, yet fascinating look into the outcome of the defeat at Waterloo.

The Armourer, June 2018

A fine conclusion to Andrew Field'd series of books on the Hundred Days' Campaign that offers a rather different perspective on the subject and is a book all serious Napoleonic wargamers will surely wish to add to their libraries.

Miniature Wargames, April 2018 – reviewed by Arthur Harman

This, the fourth and final volume in the author’s impressive study of the Waterloo campaign from the French perspective, deals with the final phase, namely the rout and retreat of Napoleon’s army.

Stuart Asquith, freelancer and author

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Wargames Illustrated, November 2017

About Andrew W Field

Andrew Field MBE is a former British army officer whose travels around the world have given him a unique opportunity to explore battlefields from ancient history to present times. He has always harboured a special fascination for the Napoleonic Wars. In particular he has reassessed Napoleon's campaigns in 1814 and 1815, and has carried out extensive research into Wellington's battles in the Peninsula. His books include Talavera: Wellington's First Victory in Spain, Waterloo: The French Perspective, Prelude to Waterloo: Quatre Bras, Grouchy's Waterloo: The Battles of Ligny and Wavre, Waterloo: Rout and Retreat and The French at Waterloo: Eyewitness Accounts – Napoleon, Imperial Headquarters and 1st Corps.

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