Mercer, General Cavalie.


Greenhill ed., 1985. Xx + 388 pp., double-page map. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Spine of d.j., slightly faded o/w Nr.FINE. This is one of the most highly regarded military memoirs as the author was both a great writer and in the thick of the action at Waterloo. This volume follows the author and G Troop Royal Horse Artillery from their chaotic and thoroughly uncomfortable landing on the Belgian coast to their entry into Paris after Waterloo. He gives a fascinating and vivid description of campaigning and billeting in a foreign country but the importance of this memoir undoubtedly lies in the author’s personal experiences during the Battle of Waterloo itself. When the French cavalry was sent by Marshal Ney towards the waiting squares of British and Dutch infantry, it was troops of artillery such as the author’s who kept firing to the end, causing havoc amongst the mounted French ranks.

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