When I first began my serious study of the Waterloo Campaign in the 1990's there were very few detailed Orders Of Battle available
In the English language the first detailed Orders of Battle were in Captain Siborne's Book on the Waterloo Campaign
There were many other orders of battle presented in many different forms, but they were all fairly basic, just a list of major units, sometimes with commanding officers names and sometimes with numbers of troops
Then, in 19xx, came one of my favourite books - The Waterloo Armies by Scott Bowden. This is 500 pages long and 300 of those are devoted to very detailed orders of battle **
General Carl von Clauswitz cristices Wellington (and by implication) other Britsh authors for not producing a "Line of Battle"**.
Does this imply that in the early German works there were detailed orders of Battle for the Prussian army? Due to the typical teutonic mind I would believe that there were. But it seems that no one has yet translated the early German works of Wagner, Damitz, and Plotho; or the later more detailed works by Pflug Harttung
It amazes me how the likes of Marshal Berthier and others kept orders of battle using only paper and ink. Think of Colonel Heymes riding off early on Thursday morning to contact each unit in Marshal Ney's newly created Left Wing to ascertain their strength
I have been trying to produce definitive detailed orders of battle using the latest computer software and believe me it is not easy! Imagine Soult with a laptop sitting at his desk at Waterloo...
During my first period of study, with only books from the libary available here in New Zealand, I realised that there were no printed Orders of Battle for Quatre Bras and Wavre
So, using Scott Bowden as a basis, I produced my own.
Then in 20xx Mark Adkins produced his masterly Waterloo Companion
For the French army at Waterloo he goes down to battalion level.
The only short coming with Mark's book is that conforming to its title, it ignores the battles of Ligny, Quatre Bras and Wavre.
Join me on the following pages, in a study of the Orders of Battle of the French, the Prussians and the Allies