The Waterloo Campaign, 1815

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The first book I ever read about the Napoleonic Wars was John Keegan's "The Face of Battle" when I was in high school. I will always have the deepest respect for Keegan, but he described this book as being a very valuable source but also "unreadable". On the contrary, I've found Siborne to be quite readable, if a bit of a slog in parts.
And his research was superb. Peter Hofschröer's book, "Wellington's Smallest Victory" is largely based on Siborne, and he shows that what we in the English-speaking parts of the world think we know about Waterloo is a long way from the truth, due to the Duke's influence and ego.
 

Contents

Slight retrospect of the Campaign of 1814
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CHAPTER IV
94
Position of the First Prussian Corps dArmie under Zieten 97 Advance of the French Army into Belgium on the 15th of June 98 The French force the ...
104
Zietens Corps concentrates in position between Ligny and St Amand
110
Cause of this operation being deferred until the 16th
113
Wellinoton is informed of Napoleons advance and makes
119
CHAPTER V
129
The latter occupy Gcmionconrt and Piermont
149
Attack upon the Brnnswickers 1
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164
Altex joins Wellington with two Infantry Brigades of the Third
173
The latter gallantly charged and pursued by the 92nd Highlanders
176
French Cuirassiers driven back in confusion from Quatre Bras
182
The British Guards succeed in forcing the French out of the Wood
188
Return of killed wounded and missing of the British
193
CHAPTER VI
199
Thielemanns Corps reaches Sombref about noon
204
Communications between Blucher and Wellington
205
He moves Thielemanns Corps into his Front Line of which it then
210
The French carry St Amand
216
Prussian attack upon Wagnele unsuccessful
222
Napoleon perceiving that Blucher has scarcely any Reserve
230
detaches a portion of his Cavalry with some guns across
237
Failure of Prussian Cavalry attacks upon the advancing Column
243
Contest at Sombref
249
Bulows Corps reaches Gembloux during the night
255
Wellington detaches a Patrol to his Left for the purpose of gaining intelligence concerning Bluchers movements
261
Tardiness of Napoleons movements
264
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CHAPTER VIII
287
Other troops detached towards Gembloux near which traces of
293
The Corps of Vandamme and Gerard do not reach Gembloux until
299
Influence of the defeat at Ligny upon the morale of the Prussian Army 805
306
Dispositions made for giving security to this movement
312
The march of Bclowb Corps through Wavre delayed by an accident
313
Butchers instructions to Thielemann Remarks upon Gbouchys movements during the 17th and the early 16
319
Contents
324
Preparations for Battle
325
The 5th and 8th Line Battalions of the Kings German Legion
332
Second Line
347
General view of the disposition of Wellingtons forces
353
Second Line
359
Critical situation of tho French Army 780
367
Strength of the French Army
368
CHAPTER X
370
The French gain possession of a portion of the Wood and other
376
The French on debouching from the Wood into the Great Orchard
383
He ascertains that the troops he has seen belong to the Prussian
386
CHAPTER XI
392
Attack by the French Left Central Column
399
Advance of Rolssels Cavalry Brigade by the French left of La Haye
405
Advance of Ponsonbys Cavalry Brigade
411
The Royals capture the Eagle of the 105th French Regiment
418
Disordered state of the two British Cavalry Brigades
420
The British Cavalry engaged in this affair sustains a heavy loss 425 Disposition of the troops on the AngloAllied Left and Centre
426
Renewed but unsuccessful attack upon Hougomont
485
Difficulties and impediments attending their march 491 The Fifteenth and Sixteenth Prussian Brigades reach the Wood
492
Relative strength of Bulows and Lobaus forces 497 Napoleon detaches the Young Guard to Planchenoit in support
498
Situation of the Duke and state of the AngloAllied Troops
505
Centre of the Dukes line vigorously assailed by the French troops
511
CHAPTER XIV
518
The former completely defeated and dispersed
523
Advance of the second attacking Column of the Imperial Guard 527 Charge upon French Cuirassiers by a Squadron of the 23rd Light
530
State of dAubremes DutchBelgian Brigade
537
General view of the state of the AngloAllied Army at the period
546
Gallant charge by the 18th British Hussars near La Belle Alliance
559
Singular situation of the Duke of Wellington
565
The Left Wing captures the opposite line of Batteries
571
A Battery captured by the Osnabrttek Hanoverian Battery under
573
Contest in PUnchenoit 676
579
Direction of the retreat of the French troops
585
Charge by the 2nd Light Dragoons of the Kings German Legion 551 Adams Brigade continuing its advance reaches the nearest French Height interse...
596
CHAPTER XVI
601
Napoleon perceiving preparations on the part of the Prussians
602
GtftABD makes an unsuccessful attack upon the Mill of Bierge 607 Vandamme fails in his efforts to carry the Bridge of Wavre
609
Disposition of the contending Forces on the morning of the 19th
616
Proceedings of General TON Boson whe bad marched his Brigade
622
BBlows Corps reaches Fontaine lEveque and Zietens Corps halts
628
The Saxon Corp tTArmit is placed under his Graces oommand 686
637
He is pursued by Thielemann and Piech 088
643
Disposition of the respective Armies on the evening of the 20th
654
Wellington crosses the French frontier on the 20th
660
The Duke orders Adam to attack the Squares of the Imperial
665
Resolutions adopted by the Chambers
666
Napoleon abdicates the Throne in favour of his son
674
These are rejected
680
Soclt finding himself superseded in the command quits the Army
687
W L Siborne C
689
The First and Fourth Prussian Corps advance by forced marches
694
Affair at Senlis
700
Grouchy endeavours to effect his retreat to Paris by forced marches
702
Affair at Nanteuil between part of Zietens Corps and Reilles Corps
708
Disposition of the respective Armies on the evening of the 28th 713 On the 29th Bilows and Zietens Corps take up a position in front
714
His Graces reply to their request 751
718
Napoleon quits Paris for Rochefort
720
BlCchbr direct Bulow to make an attack upon AubervilBers in
725
Disposition of the respective Armies on the evening of the 80th
731
Proclamation issued by the Chambers
738
Remarks upon the detaching of Sohbs Brigade 744 Positions of the respective Annies on the evening of the 1st of July
747
Convention of Paris 788
758
The AngloAllied Army continues in position in front of St Denis
760
Wellinoton establishes a Bridge at Argenteuil and keeps open
770
Effective strength and composition of the AngloAllied Army
783
Nieuport Ypres Tournai Ath Mons and Ghent VIII Effective strength and composition of the Prussian Army under
790
Blvcheb places Pirchs Corps under Prince Acoubtub of Prussia
795
List of Officers of the Kings German Legion who were
798
List of Officers of the British Army who were present
800
List of the Officers of the Kings German Legion killed
820
wounded and missing at the Battle of Waterloo 824 XLVIII Letter from the Duke of Wellington to Earl Bathurst
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Page 598 - Bulow, upon the enemy's flank, was a most decisive one; and even if I had not found myself in a situation to make the attack, which produced the final result, it would have forced the enemy to retire, if his attacks should have failed, and would have prevented him from taking advantage of them, if they should unfortunately have succeeded.
Page 829 - Marshal had promised me that, in case we should be attacked, he would support me with one or more corps, as might be necessary. The enemy collected his army, with the exception of the third corps, which had been sent to observe Marshal Blucher, on a range of heights in our front, in the course of the night of the 17th and yesterday morning; and at about ten o'clock he commenced a furious attack upon our post at Hougomont.
Page 93 - Let us, then, march to meet them. Are they and we no longer the same men ? "Soldiers! at Jena, against these same Prussians, now so arrogant, you were one...
Page 829 - Hougoumont, which covered the return of that flank : and in front of the left centre, we occupied the farm of La Haye Sainte. By our left we communicated with Marshal Prince Blucher, at Wavre through Ohaim; and the Marshal had promised me, that...
Page 674 - The present Ministers' will provisionally form the Council of the Government. The interest which I take in my son induces me to invite the Chambers to form without delay the Regency by a law. Unite all for the public safety, in order to remain an independent nation. (Signed) NAPOLEON.
Page 828 - We maintained our position also, and completely defeated and repulsed all the enemy's attempts to get possession of it. The enemy repeatedly attacked us with a large body of infantry and cavalry, supported by a numerous and powerful artillery : he made several charges with the cavalry upon our infantry, but all were repulsed in the steadiest manner.
Page 829 - Neither did he attempt to molest our march to the rear, although made in the middle of the day, excepting by following, with a large body of cavalry, brought from his right, the cavalry under the Earl of Uxbridge.
Page 829 - I am happy to add, that it was maintained throughout the day with the utmost gallantry by these brave troops, notwithstanding the repeated efforts of large bodies of the enemy to obtain possession of it.
Page 634 - As the army is about to enter the French territory, the troops of the nations which are at present under the command of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington are desired to recollect that their respective Sovereigns are the allies of His Majesty the King of France, and that France ought therefore to be treated as a friendly country.
Page 827 - Sombref, holding the villages in front of his position of St. Amand and Ligny. The enemy continued his march along the road from...

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