Weller, Jac.


Greenhill, new ed., 1992. Xvi + 264 pp., 58 photo-plates, 1 double-page diagram, + 8 maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Spine of d.j., faded o/w V.G.+. This classic study of the Battle of Waterloo differs from many previous books in that the author confines his narrative to the battle as Wellington actually fought it. The reader is in the position of the Duke ; he knows, at any point, precisely as much and as little, as the commander in the field did at that stage of battle. Tactical descriptions bridge the gap between the brigade and the platoon. Part One of the book describes the course of events ' at Ligny, Quatre Bras and Waterloo in its different phases. Part Two contains three chapters on technical subjects ' the ordnance used at Waterloo, cavalry attacks on infantry squares and the topography of the campaign ' and three chapters are devoted to an analysis of the mistakes of Wellington, the French and Prussians. Eight maps and fifty-eight photographs, taken especially for this book, give a remarkable sense of the terrain over which the campaign was fought.

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