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Waterloo Companion : The Complete Guide to History's Most Famous Land Battle - Mark Adkin

Waterloo Companion

The Complete Guide to History's Most Famous Land Battle

Hardcover Published: 13th October 2008
ISBN: 9780811718547
Number Of Pages: 432

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There have been many books about Waterloo, but never one to rival this in scale or authority. The text, based upon extensive research, describes both the battle and the campaign that preceded it in detail, drawing upon the first-hand accounts of participants on all sides in order to give the reader a vivid feeling for the experiences of those who fought upon this most celebrated of all battlefields. The many full-color maps, all specially commissioned for the book, and the numerous diagrams and photographs, the majority in color, as well as sixteen pages of original paintings, make the book a feast for the eyes and a collector's dream.

"An impressive work."--Jeremy Black, professor of history, University of Exeter (05/19/2008)

Acknowledgementsp. 6
Introductionp. 7
Abbreviations and Symbolsp. 10
Prologue: The Eagle's Returnp. 11
The Campaign
General Situation in Europe--March 1815p. 21
Situation Facing Napoleon--March/April 1815p. 21
Situation Facing Wellington--April 1815p. 25
Situation Facing Blucher--April/May 1815p. 27
Overall Campaign Strategiesp. 27
Orders of Battle
Generalp. 35
Overall Strengths at Waterloop. 36
Anglo-Allied Strengthsp. 37
French Strengthsp. 51
Prussian Strengthsp. 65
Casualties at Waterloop. 73
Comparisonsp. 73
Command and Control
Generalp. 75
The French Commander-in-Chief--Emperor Napoleon Bonapartep. 76
French Senior Commanders at Waterloop. 82
The Anglo-Allied Commander-in-Chief--Field-Marshal the Duke of Wellingtonp. 92
Anglo-Allied Senior Commanders at Waterloop. 98
The Prussian Commander-in-Chief--Field-Marshal Prince Gebhard Leberecht von Blucherp. 109
Prussian Senior Commanders at Waterloop. 112
The Battlefield (Including Memorials)
Generalp. 117
Key Terrain Featuresp. 126
Villagesp. 128
Farms and Other Buildingsp. 134
Other Featuresp. 148
The Condition of the Battlefield on 18 June 1815p. 154
The Battlefield Deployment of the Armiesp. 156
The Infantry
Generalp. 163
Anglo-Allied Infantryp. 163
French Infantryp. 186
Prussian Infantryp. 207
The Cavalry
Generalp. 213
Anglo-Allied Cavalryp. 215
French Cavalryp. 234
Prussian Cavalryp. 253
The Artillery
Generalp. 257
Types of Ordnance at Waterloop. 257
Artillery Ammunitionp. 263
Factors Affecting Artillery Usage and Effectivenessp. 269
Anglo-Allied Artilleryp. 273
French Artilleryp. 285
Prussian Artilleryp. 301
Other Arms and Services
Engineers and Pioneersp. 305
The Wounded and Medical Servicesp. 312
Supply Servicesp. 325
The Highlights
Generalp. 329
The Struggle for Hougoumontp. 329
D'Erlon's I Corps Attackp. 343
The French Massed Cavalry Attacks on the Anglo-Allied Squaresp. 356
The Struggle for La Haie Saintep. 366
The Struggle for Plancenoitp. 379
The Imperial Guard's Final Attackp. 391
Myths and Controversies
Mythsp. 405
The deployment and performance of Bijlandt's Brigadep. 405
That the buildings and walled garden at Hougoumont were defended solely by the British Guardsp. 407
That d'Erlon's corps was destroyed by Picton's division and the Union Brigadep. 408
Controversiesp. 409
Epilogue
Wellingtonp. 421
Blucherp. 422
Napoleonp. 422
Bibliographyp. 425
Timechartp. 426
Indexp. 429
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ISBN: 9780811718547
ISBN-10: 0811718549
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 13th October 2008
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.5  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 2.2

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