Sir Thomas Graham’s Netherlands Campaign of 1813-1814 has produced a surprisingly rich crop of memoirs and letters. This compelling new book brings together six of the shorter accounts, several of them never before seen in print, to help shed new light on the triumphs and disasters of these forgotten operations. Mixing formal reports with lively personal narratives, and contemporary letters and diaries with later reflections, this selection covers all the major actions of the campaign and the authors range from one of Graham’s senior staff to an NCO in one of his infantry battalions. In addition to explanatory notes throughout, detailed appendices resolve some of the controversies arising from these and other eyewitness accounts, helping to increase our understanding of these little-known but important operations.
TRIUMPHS AND DISASTERS Eyewitness Accounts of the Netherlands Campaign 1813-1814
In the closing months of 1813, with Napoleon’s forces largely expelled from Germany and the allied armies advancing towards the Rhine, insurrection began to break out in the Netherlands. With Britain having a keen interest in this part of the world, and placing some importance on its being retained in friendly hands, it was decided to dispatch an armed force of around 7,000 men in order to aid the insurgents. Carefully researched and expertly compiled by historian Andrew Bamford, this is a valuable and absorbing new source, which will be of great interest to Napoleonic students.