1815 From mobilisation to war
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'1815 From mobilisation to war' is the first volume in a series of four entitled 'The Netherlands field army during the Waterloo campaign'. BLACK & WHITE ILLUSTRATED EDITION In March 1815 the fledgling Netherlands state saw its existance threatened by the escape from Elba and return to power in France of the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Without hesitance a field army was mobilised of ultimately 30,000 men strong to defend the newly acquired territories in Belgium. This history explores in detail the unique perspective from the Netherlands field army for the period of mid-March 1815 up to the outbreak of war on 15th June, when it faced the French Imperial army for the first time at the village of Frasnes close to Quatre Bras. This history draws almost exclusively from archival sources and presents numerous hitherto unpublished or unknown contemporary documents, to recreate the history of the Netherlands field army during the campaign of 1815. 11 maps and 21 illustrations all... More > in black & white.< Less
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Oct 30, 2013Anybody who wants a realistic, and accurate understanding of the Waterloo campaign must have this book in their most foremost selection of their collection of Waterloo books. It dispels the many foolishly poisonous inaccurate -and extraordinarily still lingering- myths about the Dutch-Belgian participation in the campaign; one of the most historically-important decisive military campaigns which would never have even been fought were it not for the right General-staff being on the right spot at the right time - Generals Perponcher and Rebecque of a Dutch-Belgian division. This unit was located in the crucial link spot between the Prussian army and Wellington's 'Allied' army on June 15th in the path of the French Left Wing's advance guard around Frasnes. Anyone who knows Wellington's command structure from the Peninsular Wars understands that no British officer would dare disobey Wellington's movement/relocation orders- ie, act independently. Perponcher realized the unfolding situation... More > and was not about to let the French destroy the Allies in Belgium because of Wellington's first huge blunder which would have otherwise seen Napoleon in Brussels within a day or two. Perponcher disobeyed Wellington's order to withdraw to a general concentration area back away from the Prussians and to even yield Quatre-Bras to Marshal Ney's wing. Theoretically there would only have been a light skirmish action fought in June, against the Prussian rear-guard on June 15th; Wellington would have retreated to the coast -leaving some rear-guard garrisons in some Belgian cities along the way, and Blucher would have been compelled to retreat back to Prussia because of Wellington's decision to break their link at Quatre-Bras. Although the Prince of Orange made costly tactical blunders, even he was strategically competent to not countermand his subordinate Generals' crucial decision to hold Quatre-Bras; in fact, while Wellington dithered on concentrating many miles away from Quatre-Bras on the morning of the 16th, it seems it was the Prince of Orange who first ordered local area units to concentrate on Quatre-Bras to support Perponcher when the battle first got underway. Get this book. You will learn a treasure-trove of what needs to be known, all in one place.< Less
Aug 6, 2012It is a wonderful source book that can be read as a conventional book or just by going through the biographies and other translations hidden in the footnotes. The maps have the simple charm permitting understanding. Some thought needs to be made for those who have the book in B&W whether the areas shown are clear. Obviously the Author will learn a great deal upon the presentation of information to make it easier to read and appreciate the depth of research. Certainly I could give a number of suggestions and ideas based upon my experience of writing, design and publishing. The B&W version is at a very good price but I would consider the colour edition over priced but that is because it has been printed as if it was a 280 page full colour book and he had no option. I like the A4 nature of the book otherwise in normal folio size it would have weighed in at over 400+ pages. The size of font is readable and any smaller would cause difficulty in reading for those like me have tired... More > old eyes. I look forward to reading the subsequent volumes and using these as a basis of further studies of the campaign. Stephen Summerfield Editor of the Smoothbore Ordnance Journal< Less
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- Erwin Muilwijk (Standard Copyright License)
- Sovereign House Books
- June 23, 2012
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.76 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 8.26 wide x 11.69 tall
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