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Waterloo : a new history of the battle and its armies

Author: Gordon Corrigan
Publisher: London : Atlantic Books, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Fought on Sunday 18 June 1815 by some 220,000 men over rain-sodden ground in what is now Belgium, the Battle of Waterloo brought an end to twenty-three years of almost continual war between revolutionary 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 by the stalwart Blucher, it brought about the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Corrigan
ISBN: 9781848879287 1848879288
OCLC Number: 866922560
Description: 341 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: How it all began --
The sheep worrier of Europe is on the loose --
Commanders --
Officers --
Soldiers --
Battle joined --
Crisis approaches --
Battle for Europe --
Decision --
End.
Responsibility: Gordon Corrigan.

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A brilliant new military history of the Battle of Waterloo, which details the campaign and battle, its armies and their commanders, and brings fresh insight to this epic conflict.  Read more...

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A vigorous, lucid, well-organised and entertaining account of the Waterloo campaign and the armies that fought it. -- David Crane * Spectator * A brisk, no-nonsense, soldierly account, which is Read more...

 
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