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  • By Pete Jimes
    Aug 17, 2014
    A beautiful book. Full of facts and extraordinary details. Waterloo campaign students MUST get this book. The photos and illustrations are lovely too. My biggest peeve about this book is an immensely controversial conclusion made by the author in it which I think many modern Waterloo scholars* would disagree with. The author claims Detmers brigade of Dutch-Belgians did not beat the Grenadiers of the Middle Guard attack at the end of the battle of Waterloo, but merely pursued a broken enemy that was beaten by Halkett's British brigade. The obvious flaw in this conclusion is that nobody in Halkett's brigade claimed they had beaten off the Grenadiers - indeed some readily state Detmer's timely arrival drove off the enemy. Chasse's men rushed into the fray taking losses from cannon and muskets - that is more proof the enemy was not already beaten. The accompanying Dutch-Belgian artillery battery was raking destruction into the Grenadiers too- again, showing the enemy was not broken. The... More > author has also ignored that Halkett's brigade was in a state of ruin and disorder. It was likely the size of a battalion when the Grenadiers hit it, and when contact was made, half of Halkett's brigade had retreated a distance in utter confusion. This left maybe a few hundred men in a desperate firefight with the victorious Grenadiers. This is unfortunate because in doing so much to clean up invalid demeaning myths and lack of credit given to the outstanding Dutch-Belgian units in the Waterloo campaign, the author sadly relegated the first Allied units / Chasse to rout the Imperial Guard [before Maitland beat the Chasseurs of the Middle Guard] to the illogical non-factual idea they only pursued the Grenadiers facing them.< Less
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Sovereign House Books
June 24, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
2.15 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.26 wide x 11.69 tall
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