Waterloo Battlefield Guide
year is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and The
Napoleonic Guide crew couldn't be more excited.
We are heading along to the commemoration and will use our knowledge
of the area's battles to explore the fields of Waterloo, Quatre
Bras, Ligny and Wavre at leisure.
have been to Waterloo once before, a couple of decades ago with
my brother, and before I'd made a study of the Napoleonic Wars
and the creation of The Napoleonic Guide.
time around I'll know far more than I did and I'll also have a
copy of David Buttery's excellent Waterloo Battlefield Guide in
is a terrific companion to take with you to Waterloo as it not
only covers the lead up and events of the battle, but also features
some of the characters from all sides.
importantly, for those wanting to visit the field upon which some
60,000 men fell as casualties, there is a really good number of
historic places listed and where you get the best view of them.
has done a terrific job with this book. It is very readable and
he deserves it to sell exceptionally well.
follows the battle as it unfolds, introduces key characters and,
at the end of each section, has the viewpoints listed.
I remember that when I first visited the area my brother and I
wanted to see the field of Quatre Bras.
had wargamed the battle reguarly and using my recollections of
the map navigated our way there.
drove down the main highway through what I thought could be the
crossroads and then we saw a farmhouse.
I said let's have a squizz, I think that's Piraumont.
went down to the bulding and I saw the musketball holes in the
walls. It was Piraumont and I was pretty pleased with myself.
With more time next year, and Buttery's guide, we will be making
a much more thorough examination of the entire area and the key
places of interest.
has broken his book up into the following chapters; The return
of Napoleon, The Decisive Moment of the Century, The Struggle
for Hougoumont, D'Erlon's Attack, Cavalry Onslaught, The Fall
of La Haye Sainte, The Battle of Wavre, Street Fighting in Plancenoit,
La Garde Recule!, The Aftermath, Visiting the Battlefield.
reckon Waterloo Battlefield Guide should be in every visitors'
bag when they go to that historic site, or if they just want to
know more about the battle that changed Europe.
It'll go with us as we explore the area in 2015.
David, for your efforts.
Pen and Sword