of the best documentaries on the battle of Waterloo that
I have seen is the one associated with the Line of Fire series from
only 50 minutes long, but you will be shown almost everything you
need to know about the history-deciding clash between a resurgent
Napoleon Bonaparte, and his enemies the Duke of Wellington and Marshal
the planning of the campaign right through until the second exile
of the former French emperor to St Helena, Waterloo explains
it all in an excellent, understandable way.
programme is well illustrated with a terrific use of images - paintings,
engravings, film footage, cartoons, re-enactments - as well as some
seriously innovative 3D animations.
only do these get used to show the grand strategy of the 100 Days'
Campaign, but also to have you advancing with the French against
the British positions.
addition you get to view the battlefield as the opposing leaders
would have - something I have not seen done in a documentary before
- and watch the trajectory of a cannonball, as well as seeing an
animation of a flintlock musket firing.
nice animated touch is the regular Site Report, which illustrates
various stages of the great battle.
not only does the Line of Fire programme contain excellent graphics
and images, but it has lined up a very impressive list of Napoleonic
experts -David Chandler, Bob Carruthers, Ian Fletcher, Niall Barr,
Duncan Anderson and John Tincey - and has used them brilliantly.
is no waffle club, as the editing has one saying something, then
immediately going on to another, to another, to another.
the comments from these guys are interesting and give a marvellous
insight into why things were happening, the effects of various decisions
and just how close the end result actually was.
that is where this documentary is an absolute winner, it will tell
you all you need in an absorbing way.
you are a history teacher wanting to get a bit of enthusiasm going
among your pupils, or an enthusiast who just can't get enough information
on the Napoleonic Era, then Line of Fire: Waterloo is a must.