Waterloo: A New History

Waterloo: A New History

by Gordon Corrigan


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In time for the bicentennial in 2015, a veteran historian brings the campaign and battle, its armies and their commanders, to fresh and vivid life in his brilliant new military history of one of the key battles in world history.
Wellington remarked that Waterloo was “a damned nice thing,” meaning uncertain or finely balanced. He was right. For his part, Napoleon reckoned “the English are bad troops and this affair is nothing more than eating breakfast.” He was wrong—and this gripping and dramatic narrative history shows just how wrong.
Fought on Sunday, June 18th, 1815, by some 220,000 men over rain-sodden ground in what is now Belgium, the Battle of Waterloo brought an end to twenty-three years of almost continual war between imperial France and her enemies. A decisive defeat for Napoleon and a hard-won victory for the Allied armies of the Duke of Wellington and the Prussians, led by the stalwart Marshal Blucher, it brought about the French emperor’s final exile to St. Helena and cleared the way for Britain to become the dominant military power in the world.
The Napoleonic Wars are a source of endless fascination and this authoritative volume provides a wide and colorful window into this all-important climatic battle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605986524
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 12/15/2014
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Gordon Corrigan is a member of the British Commission for Military History and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. He is the author of A Great and Glorious Adventure and The Second World War. Gordon lives in England.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

List of Maps ix

Introduction xi

1 How It All Began 3

2 The Sheep Worrier of Europe Is on the Loose 33

3 The Commanders 63

4 The Officers 91

5 The Soldiers 123

6 Battle Joined 149

7 The Crisis Approaches 187

8 The Battle for Europe 219

9 The Decision 249

10 The End 283

Epilogue 315

Notes 322

Select Bibliography 327

Index 330

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