SPAN STYLE font weight bold Winner of the 2017 Society for Army Historical Research Templer MedalShortlisted for Military History Monthly s Book of the Year AwardThe first of two groundbreaking volumes on the Waterloo campaign, this book is based upon a detailed analysis of sources old and new in four languages It highlights the political stresses between the Allies, and their resolution it studies the problems of feeding and paying for 250,000 Allied forces assembling in Belgium during the undeclared war, and how a strategy was thrashed out It studies the neglected topic of how the slow and discordant Allies beyond the Rhine hampered the plans of Blcher and Wellington, thus allowing Napoleon to snatch the initiative from them Napoleons operational plan is analyzed and Soult s mistakes in executing it Accounts from both sides help provide a vivid impression of the fighting on the first day, 15 June, and the volume ends with the joint battles of Ligny and Quatre Bras the next day....
|Title||:||Waterloo: The Campaign of 1815. Volume I: From Elba to Ligny and Quatre Bras|
|Publisher||:||Greenhill Books June 12, 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||736 pages|
|File Size||:||864 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Waterloo: The Campaign of 1815. Volume I: From Elba to Ligny and Quatre Bras Reviews
I read volume I and found it to be a tough read. I was expecting a narrative of the campaign similar to John Gill's 1809 Thunder on the Danube or David Powell's The Chickamauga Campaign. What this volume appeared to be to me was an extended analysis of the correspondence between various of the Senior Leaders. It is written as a General Staff history and in my view does not really examine the campaign itself. It is a voluminous work with 30 chapters. Yet only two chapters cover the engagements at Quatre Bras and Ligny. I visited Quatre Bras in 1990 but it was tough to find books or maps of the engagement of those days. I was hoping that Mr. Hussey's work would help me understand what occurred there. It didn't and I finished Chapter 29 with more questions than answers. On the plus side, it did have numerous maps and Mr. Hussey's attention to detail with reference to the locations of the Allied Armies prior to the campaign was very enlightening. I still need to finish volume II. All I can say is that I found it tough not to put volume I down and walk away.
It is a very good book on the Waterloo story. I have been interested in Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington. I am also interested in the armies of the period. The author is a good writer and he has the story about that time. I am going to look forward to Volume Two when it comes out.
As a history buff of Napoleonic military, this book is one of the excellent to read with open eyes. Look forward to the next same book volume 2 soon. Thanks.