THE CORRESPONDENCE OF SIR HENRY CLINTON IN THE WATERLOO CAMPAIGN VOLUME 1 & VOLUME 2
2 hardback volumes, numerous tables. 2015.
Clinton’s meticulous diary and reports provide the essentially research into the small British-Hanoverian army that served as a defence force for the newly liberated Netherlands under the command of the hereditary Prince of Orange in August 1814. He performed the role of Inspecting Officer for all the troops in Belgium including the fledgling Belgian and Dutch units. With Napoleon’s return to power and the mobilisation of the army for war once again, Henry Clinton was appointed by the Duke of Wellington to command the Second Division, a very diverse group with varying degrees of experience, equipment and training. His correspondence most importantly is written contemporaneously and gives honest assessments regarding the strengths and weaknesses of all of these troops and is both enlightening and often surprising. The second volume deals with the final preparations for war, including the arrival of the Duke of Wellington. The operations, particularly of the Second Division during the whirlwind campaign of Waterloo and the consequent march to Paris are described in great detail as are the details of the Army of Occupation which lasted until 1818, concluding with their embarkation.