The Cavalry that Broke Napoleon: The King’s Dragoon Guards at Waterloo

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The History Press, Oct 3, 2016 - History - 224 pages
The best-selling author of The Battle, Alessandro Barbero, was asked which action saved Wellington at Waterloo prior to the arrival of the Prussians. He replied: ‘If I should indulge in that game, I’d say the cavalry charge which effectively broke d’Erlon's attack.’ In terms of regiments the greatest contributor to that charge, made by the British heavy cavalry, was the King’s Dragoon Guards (KDG), which fielded nearly half of the Household Brigade’s sabres. This book tells the remarkable story of the KDG before, during and after the battle of Waterloo, drawing on private, unpublished archive material. It concludes by describing the KDGs link to their descendant regiment, 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards, of which HRH The Prince of Wales is Colonel-in-Chief.

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The First Charge of the Union Brigade
The First Charge of the Household Brigade
The Journey Back from the First Charge
The Rest of the
The Pursuit and Occupation
The Officers
The Soldiers

Daily Life
Training and Tactics
From the Plains of Clonmel to Flanders Field
16 June to the Morning of 18 June
Mounted Opponents
What Happened to the Regiment?
The Cavalry that Broke Napoleon?
The Battle of Waterloo Appendix II Regimental Roll of KDG Who Fought at Waterloo

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Richard Goldsbrough is the historical representative on the board of trustees of his former regiment, 1st the Queen's Dragoon Guards, descendants of the King's Dragoon Guards. He is the author of a short history of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards and has published articles in the Society of Army Historical Research.

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