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This landmark in Napoleonic studies corrects gross errors of fact that have been perpetuated for nearly 200 years due to a massive cover-up by British politicians as well as military and regimental authorities at the time. 80 illustrations and 15 maps.
Posted October 18, 2000
I really enjoyed this work. I think the author was able to provide an objective view of the development of this famous battle, and the context, political and strategic, in which it was fought. I would have liked to see an account of the casualties suffered by the contending armies, but anyways, reading it was a very pleasant experience. I definitively recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 7, 2000
I was impressed with the research Hamilton-Williams used in this volume. He clearly spells out the almost inevitable strategic implications which led to the battle near Le Bell Alliance. Unlike many Anglocentric works, he gives full credit to the Prussian operations against Marshall Grouchy, and the problems of unified operations between countries. This work has been slandered of late, specifically by Col. Elting and Hofschroer, but I found it to be enjoyable and authoritative. If it has a weak point, the lack of maps make it difficult to visualize movement unless the reader is very familiar with the terrain. The large scale map on the front and back inside jacket do not suffice. Also, perhaps unavoidable, the author recounts actions below brigade level without identifying Divisions or Corps, a problem not resolved by the brief Order of Battle provided. Overall, however, a very good book, and worth reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.