WATERLOO: THE CAMPAIGN OF 1815: FROM ELBA TO LIGNY AND QUATRE BRAS VOLUME I
736pp., 16 plates. 2017. The first of two ground-breaking volumes on the Waterloo campaign. It highlights the political stresses between the Allies, the problems of feeding and paying for the Allied forces assembling in Belgium during the undeclared war, and how a strategy was thrashed out. It studies the neglected topic of how the Allies beyond the Rhine hampered the plans of Blucher and Wellington, thus allowing Napoleon to snatch the initiative from them. Napoleon’s operational plan is likewise analysed and the way in which Soult misinterpreted it. This volume ends with the joint battles of Ligny and Quatre Bras the next day.