The brief but bloody campaign in Flanders that brought a final end to Napoleon’s glittering military career and immortalised that of Wellington, continues to fascinate students of military history. The story of the campaign and its bloody culmination on the field of Waterloo as the armies of Europe’s three major powers struggled for mastery, is an epic one well-told here by Lt.Col. W.H. James, a former Royal Engineers officer and leading late Victorian military historian. James has the advantage of being thoroughly familiar with accounts of Waterloo written in French and German as well as English, and he sets out to defend Wellington against charges by German authors that the Duke deceived Blucher’s Prussians in order to grab the lion’s share of the glory. This comprehensive campaign history is illustrated by eight maps showing the battlefields of Ligny and Quatre Bras as well as detailed sketches of Waterloo.
Lieut.-Colonel W. H. James, R.E.
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2005 N&M Press reprint (of original 1908 pub). SB. x + 340pp with 8 maps (three in colour) & sketches.
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