Chalfont, Lord. (Ed.).


New York, 1st US. ed. 1980. 239 pp., cold., plates + b&w photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 25 x 19cm. V.G.+. In this indelibly vivid book that takes the reader from dawn to nightfall on June 18th 1815, hour by hour, sometimes minute by minute, we follow each twist of the action of Waterloo from the view point of the English, the French and the German. As the action unfolds, each country’s writer gives his own view of Waterloo (plus the wonderfully immediate voices of his countrymen who survived to write of their experiences). The English believe Napoleon was outfought and "out-generalled" by Wellington; it was not Blucher and the Prussians who carried the day. The French believe that at dusk the French Army, fighting a combined enemy twice its size, had victory in hand for the second time in twelve hours…only the flagrant disobedience of two subordinates turned the tide of a stunning victory for Napoleon into defeat. The Germans believe that without the co-operation of the Prussian forces, Wellington could not have accepted battle, let alone participated in a victory. This is a lavishly illustrated and unique approach to the history of Waterloo.

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