This website is to allow me to share some of my thoughts and research on the Waterloo Campaign.
I first became interested in the Waterloo Campaign when a friend told me about Napoleon and the age of enlightenment. Having always been interested in Napoleon and military history I was hooked.
Following a few trips to model shops and the purchase of some Airfix British and French and my local bookshop where I managed to buy the Blandford book on Waterloo Uniforms by Philip Haythornthwaite - I was hooked.
On this website I hope to present some of my research which does not warrant the publishing of a book. I would like to make it freely available to the Napoleonic community and even solicit comments and further research.
We all know that there have been many hundreds of books and articles on Waterloo, so here I hope to cover aspects that have not been covered so far.
There has been a great increase in modern research
My favourite quote!
"Here I am sitting at a comfortable table loaded heavily with books, with one eye on my typewriter and the other on licorice the cat, who has a great fondness for carbon paper, and I am telling you that the Emperor Napoleon was a most contemptable person.
But should I happen to look out of the window, down upon Seventh Avenue, and should the endless procession of trucks and carts come to a sudden halt, and should I hear the sound of the heavy drums and see the little man on his white horse, in his old and much-worn green uniform, then I dont know, but I am afraid that I would leave my books and my kitten and my home and everything else to follow him where ever he cared to lead. My own grandfather did this and Heaven knows he was not born to be a hero.
Henrik Willem van Loon
As I am just starting this website, it is a bit of a work in progress, so please bear with me. So don't forget to bookmark us
Join me on the following pages on a brief journey
Some of the topics I will cover are:
Captain William Siborne's book on the Waterloo Campiagn and its various editions
Some detailed study of the Orders of Battle of all three armies in the campaign.
The book by Marshal Ney's son Documents Inedits and maybe a first English translation!
Some thoughts on the Duke of Wellington and his dubious behaviour after the campaign.
What really went on during that long day on those two ridges - "A hard pounding".
The histriography of the Waterloo Campaign which is fascinating in itself.