The Waterloo campaign, short as it was, was epic in its scope, encompassing as it did the downfall of the great Napoleon; the one and only clash between Bonaparte and Wellington, and the inauguration of a century ( give or take short localised wars) of general European peace. And Waterloo has left plenty of material for historians to argue over: why did Wellington not aid his Prussian ally Blucher at Ligny? Why did Marshal Ney do nothing on the morning of Quatre- Bras? Why was Napoleon so uncharacteristically lethargic on the eve of Waterloo? What happened to Marshal Grouchy ( deputed to keep off the Prussians) on the day of Waterloo? These and many other strategic matters are fully considered by Henry Houssayed in this second volume of his two-volume classic history of Napoleon’s penultimate (1814, France) and ultimate campaigns. Illustrated by finely drawn battle maps, this is one that will keep Napoleonic addicts arguing for a long time yet.
NAPOLEON AND THE CAMPAIGN OF 1815 : WATERLOO
Concluding second volume of Henry Houssaye’s classic history of Napoleon’s last campaigns. With fine battle maps, this in a day by day – almost hour by hour – account of the downfall of the Emperor on his final field.