Waterloo: Myth and Reality

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Pen and Sword, 1.9.2014 - 256 sivua
More has probably been written about the Waterloo campaign than almost any other in history. It was the climax of the Napoleonic Wars and forms a watershed in both European and world history. However, the lethal combination of national bias, wilful distortion and simple error has unfortunately led to the constantly regurgitated traditional 'accepted' version being significantly wrong regarding many episodes in the campaign. Oft-repeated claims have morphed into established fact and, with the bicentenary of this famous battle soon to be commemorated, it is high time that these are challenged and finally dismissed.?Gareth Glover has spent a decade uncovering hundreds of previously unpublished eyewitness accounts of the battle and campaign, which have highlighted many of these myths and errors. In this ground-breaking history, based on extensive primary research of all the nations involved, he provides a very readable and beautifully balanced account of the entire campaign while challenging these distorted claims and myths, and he provides clear evidence to back his version of events. ?His thoughtful reassessment of this decisive episode in world history will be stimulating reading for those already familiar with the Napoleonic period and it will form a fascinating introduction for readers who are discovering this extraordinary event for the first time.
 

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Waterloo Myth and Reality With the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo passing there has been an outburst of books in Great Britain to celebrate and remember that particular battle. Since the ... Lue koko arvostelu

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The Emperor Returns
1
Smoke and Mirrors
9
Allied Preparations
15
Weaponry and Tactics
24
Invasion
36
The Allied Response
43
A Slow Hurry
52
The Battle of Ligny
59
The Defence of Papelotte
165
The Prussians
168
The Guard Advances
176
The Final Advance
188
After the Glory
199
Grouchy
212
The Invasion of France
217
Siege Operations and Subsequent Occupation
226

The Battle of Quatre Bras
68
Retreat
88
The Battle Lines are Formed
99
The Defence of Hougoumont
112
DErlons Attack
124
The British Cavalry Charge
133
The Great Cavalry Charges
145
The Struggle for La Haye Sainte
156
The Final Demise
232
The Waterloo Inheritance
238
The Battlefields Today
244
Orders of Battle in the Waterloo Campaign
246
Bibliography
254
Index
260
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Gareth Glover is a former Royal Navy officer and military historian who has made a special study of the Napoleonic Wars for the last 30 years.

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