Vansittart, Jane (Ed.).


1st ed., 1964. Xv + 175 pp., frontis., + 11 photo & other plates + 3 maps. D.j., 21 x 14cm. Nr.FINE. Only recently discovered before its publication in this book, the journal of Dr. Haddy James's, written during the momentous year of 1815, describes the Battle of Waterloo and the subsequent occupation of Paris. Assistant surgeon to the 1st Life Guards, the Battle of Waterloo was Dr. James' baptism of fire. He describes what he heard and saw with vivid simplicity in a journal that was written for his curious friends in England. He gives a frightening view of the butchery that took place; the lack of proper medical supplies; the ordeal of the troops in the appalling weather of the previous night; he remarks on his own feelings and speculations during the fighting and the effect produced by the arrival of Wellington before his troops. Apart from this rare and masterly graphic glimpse of that historic day, the journal also includes Dr. James's subsequent observation on Paris during the occupation. Illustrated by some drawings by Dr. James himself.

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