Waterloo Battlefield Guide

Waterloo Battlefield Guide

by David Buttery


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Waterloo Battlefield Guide by David Buttery

The defeat of Napoleon’s French army by the combined forces of Wellington and Blücher at Waterloo on 18 June 1815 was a turning point in world history. This was the climax of the Napoleonic Wars, and the outcome had a major influence on the shape of Europe for the next century and beyond. The battle was a milestone, and it cannot be properly understood without a detailed, on-the-ground study of the landscape in which it was fought – and that is the purpose of David Buttery’s battlefield guide. This thoroughgoing, lucid, easy-to-follow guide is a fascinating introduction for anyone who seeks to understand what happened on that momentous day, and it will be an essential companion for visitors to the battlefield in Belgium.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526731081
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 09/27/2018
Edition description: 2nd
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

David Buttery has established a reputation as a leading historian of nineteenth-century British military history and he has made a particular study of the Napoleonic and Crimean Wars. He has worked as a tour guide for several companies and has led tours of the Waterloo campaign battlefields. His most recent books are Wellington Against Massena: The Third Invasion of Portugal 1810-1811, Messenger of Death: Captain Nolan and the Charge of the Light Brigade, Wellington Against Junot: The First Invasion of Portugal 1807-1808 and Wellington Against Soult: The Second Invasion of Portugal 1809.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Key to Map Symbols ix

Introduction The Most Famous of Battles 1

Chapter 1 The Return of Napoleon 5

Chapter 2 The Decisive Moment of the Century 17

Viewpoints: 39

The Battlefield of Ligny 39

St Armand, Sombreffe and Fleurus 41

The Farmhouses of Gemioncourt, Piraumont and Grand Pierrepoint 42

The Duke of Brunswick's Memorial 43

The Crossroads of Quatre Bras 43

Chapter 3 The Struggle for Hougoumont 46

Viewpoints: 61

Wellington's Elm Tree Crossroads 61

The Lion Mound 63

The Anglo-Allied Right flank 64

The Anglo-Allied Left flank 65

Le Caillou 65

The La Belle Alliance Ridge (French Ridge) 68

The Inn of La Belle Alliance 68

Rossomme 70

The Chateau at Hougoumont and its Environs 71

Hougoumont - Internal Buildings and Monuments 73

Chapter 4 D'Erlon's Attack 78

Viewpoints: 93

The Grande Batterie and the Memorial of the 6th Foot Artillery 93

Napoleon's Second Observation Point 94

Allied Centre and Left Flank 95

Picton's Memorial 96

Memorial to Durutte's Division 97

La Haye Sainte 97

Marcognet's Monument 98

Wellington's Extreme Left Flank 99

Papelotte Farmhouse 99

La Haye Farm 100

Smohain Village and Fichermont 100

Chapter 5 Cavalry Onslaught 101

Viewpoints: 111

Views of the Valley 111

Village of Mont St jean 112

Mont St Jean Farmhouse 112

The Waterloo Panorama 114

The Allied Centre Right 115

Mercer and Demulder Monuments 116

The Polish Lancers Memorial 118

Vie 5th Armoured Regiment Memorial 118

The Bois de Paris (Forest of Paris) 118

Chapter 6 The Fall of La Haye Sainte 120

Viewpoints: 133

La Haye Sainte Farmhouse and its Memorials 133

Memorial to the 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment 137

Memorial to the Belgians 138

The Hanoverian Memorial 138

Chapter 7 The Battle of Wavre 140

Viewpoints: 156

Wallmin-St Paul and Evilard Farm 156

Vie Town of Wavre 157

The Church of St John the Baptist 158

The Field Hospitals 158

Bierges Mill 160

Limal Village and La Bourse Farm 160

The Chateau of La Bawette 161

The Debève Brothers Monument 161

Chapter 8 Street Fighting in Plancenoit 163

Viewpoints: 175

The Bois de Paris (Forest of Paris) 175

Colonel von Schwerin's Monument 175

Plancenoit Village 176

The Prussian Memorial 178

Chapter 9 La Garde Recule! 181

Viewpoints: 199

The Allied Centre Right 199

The Wounded Eagle Monument 199

The Victor Hugo Monument 202

The Gordon Memorial 203

Chapter 10 The Aftermath 206

Chapter 11 Visiting the Battlefield 231

Viewpoints: 242

Brussels 242

Wellington Connections 242

The Grand Place (Grote Markt) 243

Evere Cemetery 243

The Royal Army and Military History Museum 245

Braine l'Alleud Village 246

Waterloo Village 246

The Wellington Museum 247

The Royal Chapel and St Joseph's Church 250

The Lion Village 251

Le Musée de Cire (Waxworks Museum) 252

Waterloo Visitors' Centre 252

Restaurants and Souvenir Shops 253

Annotated Bibliography 257

Battlefield Chronology 259

Index 268

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