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Waterloo: The Decisive Victory


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List of Contributors/ Foreward by his Grace the Duke of Wellington/ Introduction by Peter Snow/ Chronology/ The Waterloo Campaign: The Strategic Background/ The Battles of Ligny and Quatre Bras: Napoleon's Lost Opportunities/ The Commanders/ The Battle: Their Armies, their Weapons and Tactics/ Waterloo Eyewitnesses: Different Perspectives/ Hougoumont and La Haye Sainte: Points d'appui or Pivotal Bastions?/ The Cavalry Charges/ The Prussian Army at Waterloo/ Le Garde Recule! Napoleon's Last Throw of the Dice/ The Legacy of Waterloo: War and Politics in Europe in the 19th Century/ Notes/ Order of Battle/ Bibliography/ Index

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The bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo is the ideal opportunity for a highly illustrated and authoritative examination of this pivotal battle.

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Colonel Nick Lipscombe was born in 1958 in Angers, France. He has a degree in business studies and an MSc in defence studies. He was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1980. During his 30 years in the British Army he has seen considerable operational service with the British and American armies, as well as with NATO and the UN. He was awarded the US Bronze Star in 2006. A keen interest in military history followed his academic studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst concentrating on the Napoleonic era and the Peninsular War in particular. He is Chairman of Peninsular War 200, the UK official organisation for the commemoration of the bicentenary of the Peninsular War.


"To commemorate the upcoming bicentennial (2015) of the Waterloo Campaign, historian Lipscombe presents a visual history of the ultimate battle of the Napoleonic Wars. This pertinent collection of primary and secondary sources humanizes the conflict, featuring numerous photos of Napoleon and his nemesis Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, alongside several memoir excerpts from subordinates. The editor relays how the steadfast loyalty between the Duke of Wellington and his Prussian ally Gebhard von Blucher ensured Napoleon's defeat and how that humiliation led to the rise of military theorist Carl von Clausewitz. Tangential topics, such as common risks associated with the popular musket 'Brown Bess, ' add creative interest." --Library Journal

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