The Waterloo Campaign, 1815

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Turnbull and Spears, 1848 - 832 pages
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The first book I ever read about the Napoleonic Wars was John Keegan's "The Face of Battle" when I was in high school. I will always have the deepest respect for Keegan, but he described this book as being a very valuable source but also "unreadable". On the contrary, I've found Siborne to be quite readable, if a bit of a slog in parts.
And his research was superb. Peter Hofschr÷er's book, "Wellington's Smallest Victory" is largely based on Siborne, and he shows that what we in the English-speaking parts of the world think we know about Waterloo is a long way from the truth, due to the Duke's influence and ego.
 

Contents

Slight retrospect of the Campaign of 1814
88
CHAPTER IV
94
The French force the Prussian outposts cross the Sambrc and gain
103
Affair at Gilly
109
Cause of this operation being deferred uutil the 16th
113
Wellingtonis informed of Napoleons advance and makes
119
CHAPTER V
129
He proceeds to the Prussian Head Quarters for the purpose of holding
135
Nets advance
143
The latter occupy Gcmionconrt and Piermont
149
Attack upon the Brnnswickers 1
157
i
164
The French arerapidly gaining possession of the entire Wood
172
The lattergallantly charged and pursued by the 92nd Highlanders
176
French Cuirassiers driven back in confusion from Quatre Bras
182
The British Guards succeed in forcing the French out of the Wood
188
Return of killed wounded and missing of the British
193
CHAPTER VI
199
Thielemanns Corps reaches Sombref about noon
204
He moves Thielemanns Corps into his Front Line of which it then
210
The French carry St Amand
216
Prussian attack upon Wagnele unsuccessful
222
Napoleon perceiving that Blucher has scarcely any Reserve
230
detaches a portion of his Cavalry with some guns across
237
Failure of Prussian Cavalry attacks upon the advancing Column
243
Contest at Sombref
249
Bulows Corps reaches Gemblouz during the night
255
Wellington detaches a Patrol to his Left for the purposeof gaining
261
Communications between Blither and Wellington
264
Uxbri does dispositions forthe retreat of the British Cavalry 270
270
Brilliant Cavalry Affair at Ccnapi
281
CHAPTER VIII
287
Other troops detached towards Gembloux near which traces of
293
The Corps of Vandamme andGerard do not reach Gembloux until
299
Influence of the defeat at Ligny upon the morale of the Prussian Army 805
306
Dispositions made for giving security to this movement
312
The much of Bclowb Corps through Wavre delayed by an accident
313
Butchers instructions to Thielemann 16
319
Contents
324
Preparations for Battle
325
The 5th and 8th Line Battalions of the Kings German Legion
332
Second Line
347
General view of the disposition of Wellingtons forces
353
Second Line
359
Strength of the AngloAllied Army in the Field
367
CHAPTER X
370
They are driven out
377
The French on debouching from the Wood into the Great Orchard
383
The Advanced Guardof Zietf ns Corpsapproaches the Extreme Left
384
He ascertains that the troops he has seen belong to the Prussian
386
CHAPTER XI
392
Pictons dispositions
398
Attack upon La Haye Sainte by the Left Brigade of DoNZElots
404
Advance of Ponsoxdys Cavalry Brigade
411
The Royals capture the Eagle of the 105th French Regiment
418
Disordered state of the two British Cavalry Brigades
420
Attack upon Altf xs Division
481
Renewed butunsuccessful attack upon Hougomont
485
Difficulties and impediments attending their march
491
Relative strength of Bulows and Lobaus forces
497
Light Cavalry Brigades areremoved from
509
The Duke rallies the Brunswickers who maintain their ground as
515
The leading Column of the Imperial Guard suffers severely from
521
The former completely defeated and dispersed 623
526
Its defeat and dispersion by this charge 632
535
Junction of the AdvancedGuard of Zibtbns Corps with the troops
541
Disposition of these Reserves 648
549
Gallant charge by the 18th British Hunan near La Belle Alliance
559
Singular situation of the Duke of Wellington
565
The Left Wing captures the opposite line of Batteries
571
The British Advanced Cavalry U in the midst of crowds of defeated
574
Contest in PUnchenoit 676
580
Ghkisenac continues the pursuit passing through Quatre Bras
586
He is joined by Wellington in person when the two Commander
595
CHAPTER XVI
601
Napoleon perceiving preparations on the part of the Prussians
602
The Field of Water
607
Disposition of the contending Forces on the morning of the 19th
616
Proceedings of General TON Boson whe bad marched hia Brigade
622
BBlows Corps reaches Fontaine lRvtque and Zibtehs Corps harts
628
Bluchkrs farewell Address to the Belgians
654
Disposition of the Second Corps
660
The Duke orders Adam to attack the Squares of the Imperial
665
Resolutions adopted by the Chambers
666
Napoleon abdicates the Throne in favour of his son
674
These are rejected
680
Xapolioks flight through Charleroi
681
The Advanced Guard and Cavalry of the Bight Prussian Column reach
686
W L Siborne C
689
La Fere holds out against the Prussians
692
Bulow secures the Bridge over the Oise at Creil
699
Grouchy endeavours to effect his retreat to Paris by forced marches
702
Affair at Nanteuil between part of Zietens Corps and Reilles Corps
708
On the 29th Bilows and Zietens Corps take up a position in front
714
His Graces reply to their request 781
718
Napoleon quits Paris for Rochefort
720
The Prussians carry the Village of AaberriUiera and drive the French
726
Policy of Fouch
732
Proclamation issued by the Chambers
738
Remarks upon the detaching of Sohbs Brigade
744
Convention of Paris 788
758
The AngloAllied Army continues in position in front of St Denis
760
Wellinoton establishes a Bridge at Argentenil and keeps open
770
Effective strength and composition of the AngloAllied Army
783
Effective strength and composition of the Prussian Army under
789
Effective strength and composition of the French Army under
794
Disposition of the respsotive Armies on the evening of the 20th 049
795
List of Officers of the Kings German Legion who were
798
List of Officers of the British Army who were present
800
List of the Officers of the Kings German Legion killed
820
Letter from the Duke of Wbllinotoh to Earl Bathvist
827
List of British Officers who were present at the Defence
829

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Page 596 - Bulow, upon the enemy's flank, was a most decisive one; and even if I had not found myself in a situation to make the attack, which produced the final result, it would have forced the enemy to retire, if his attacks should have failed, and would have prevented him from taking advantage of them, if they should unfortunately have succeeded.
Page 823 - Marshal had promised me that, in case we should be attacked, he would support me with one or more corps, as might be necessary. The enemy collected his army, with the exception of the third corps, which had been sent to observe Marshal Blucher, on a range of heights in our front, in the course of the night of the 17th and yesterday morning; and at about ten o'clock he commenced a furious attack upon our post at Hougomont.
Page 93 - Let us, then, march to meet them. Are they and we no longer the same men ? "Soldiers! at Jena, against these same Prussians, now so arrogant, you were one...
Page 823 - Hougoumont, which covered the return of that flank : and in front of the left centre, we occupied the farm of La Haye Sainte. By our left we communicated with Marshal Prince Blucher, at Wavre through Ohaim; and the Marshal had promised me, that...
Page 672 - The present Ministers' will provisionally form the Council of the Government. The interest which I take in my son induces me to invite the Chambers to form without delay the Regency by a law. Unite all for the public safety, in order to remain an independent nation. (Signed) NAPOLEON.
Page 822 - We maintained our position also, and completely defeated and repulsed all the enemy's attempts to get possession of it. The enemy repeatedly attacked us with a large body of infantry and cavalry, supported by a numerous and powerful artillery : he made several charges with the cavalry upon our infantry, but all were repulsed in the steadiest manner.
Page 823 - Neither did he attempt to molest our march to the rear, although made in the middle of the day, excepting by following, with a large body of cavalry, brought from his right, the cavalry under the Earl of Uxbridge.
Page 823 - I am happy to add, that it was maintained throughout the day with the utmost gallantry by these brave troops, notwithstanding the repeated efforts of large bodies of the enemy to obtain possession of it.
Page 632 - As the army is about to enter the French territory, the troops of the nations which are at present under the command of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington are desired to recollect that their respective Sovereigns are the allies of His Majesty the King of France, and that France ought therefore to be treated as a friendly country.
Page 821 - Sombref, holding the villages in front of his position of St. Amand and Ligny. The enemy continued his march along the road from...

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