By Gordon Corrigan
Fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, through a few 220,000 males over rain-sodden flooring in what's now Belgium, the conflict of Waterloo introduced an finish to twenty-three years of virtually continuous battle among progressive and later imperial France and her enemies. A decisive defeat for Napoleon and a hard-won victory for the Allied armies of the Duke of Wellington and the Prussians led via the stalwart Bl�cher, it caused the French emperor's ultimate exile to St Helena and cleared the best way for Britain to turn into the dominant international power.
A former soldier, Gordon Corrigan is the writer of an acclaimed army biography of Wellington and has walked the battlefields of the Napoleonic period repeatedly. he's completely put to supply a powerful, transparent and gripping account of the crusade that surveys the broader army scene earlier than relocating directly to the activities at Quatre Bras and Ligny after which the ultimate, set-piece war of words at Waterloo itself. he's additionally good certified to discover, usually in attention-grabbing aspect, the relative strengths and frailties of the very diversified armies concerned - French, British, Dutch, Prussian and German - in their numerous fingers - infantry, artillery and cavalry - and in their males, officials and, specifically, their commanders.
Wellington remarked that Waterloo used to be 'a damned great thing', 'nice' that means doubtful or finely balanced. He was once correct. For his half, Napoleon reckoned 'the English are undesirable troops and this affair is not anything greater than consuming breakfast'. He was once incorrect, and this most suitable publication proves simply how wrong.
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Waterloo: A New History of the Battle and its Armies by Gordon Corrigan