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Brechtel19818 Mar 2017 6:47 a.m. PST

If anyone is interested the new volume, Waterloo: The Campaign of 1815: Volume I: From Elba to Ligny and Quatre Bras, the first of a two-volume study on the Waterloo campaign is due out in August in the US.

If anyone here has read the author's (John Hussey) articles on the Waterloo campaign in First Empire Magazine some time back they indicate that these two new books will be of a very high standard of scholarship and accuracy.

The book can be ordered through the Napoleon Series (go to What's New in the drop-down menu) for a discount.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2017 6:53 a.m. PST

So, what's outstanding/different/illuminating etc about this set kevin?

Brechtel19818 Mar 2017 7:34 a.m. PST

It isn't published yet, so I don't know.

I do have experience with the author's work, however, and he is thorough and an excellent researcher.

I would expect more detail and deeper research than many of the Waterloo works that have come out in the last couple of years, but we'll have to wait and see.

For what it's worth, I've ordered the volume through the Napoleon Series and when I get it, I'll report on it for the forum.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2017 7:48 a.m. PST

ok, sorry, I thought since you seemed to be recommending it, that you had an advanced copy.

wrgmr118 Mar 2017 7:54 a.m. PST

Thanks Brechtel, I also found this gem Greg Gorsuch translation of the 1814 campaign.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2017 7:55 a.m. PST

Thanks for the link Kevin. Read it, interesting observations and comments from Haythornthwaite and Roberts. What I think caught my eye, I mean other than the super interesting subject matter, was also the forward by Hew Strachan. Very nice. I shall get this.

4th Cuirassier18 Mar 2017 9:04 a.m. PST

I am always up for another title on Waterloo. Wasn't John Hussey the first chap to make Hofschroer look foolish?

basileus6618 Mar 2017 10:49 a.m. PST

Thanks for the info, Kevin!

I will add it to my wishlist.

John Miller18 Mar 2017 12:03 p.m. PST

Brechtel198: I have purchased more than one book based on your recommendation and enjoyed every one. Gonna put it on my list, (which appears endless). Thanks for the heads up, John Miller

Brechtel19818 Mar 2017 12:05 p.m. PST

You're welcome. I ordered mine yesterday…

Haitiansoldier18 Mar 2017 1:14 p.m. PST

It never ceases to amaze me how many books are written on Waterloo. I mean, it is my favourite Napoleonic battle but still, plenty of other large battles of the era have hardly been written about.
That being said, I might give this book a try. Never get tired of reading about Waterloo, just like Little Bighorn. It's timeless.

repaint18 Mar 2017 2:03 p.m. PST

Never get tired of reading about Waterloo, just like Little Bighorn. It's timeless.

Waterloo is the epitome of classic tragedy. Like an intense play, one never gets tired of seeing a new and different version.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2017 3:08 p.m. PST


vtsaogames18 Mar 2017 3:59 p.m. PST

Like an intense play, one never gets tired of seeing a new and different version.

Lay on, MacDuff, and be him damned who first cries, hold, enough.

dibble18 Mar 2017 7:49 p.m. PST

I looked at my list pre purchases on my Amazon account and saw that "You purchased this item on 10 Feb 2017" I'm getting it for the price of £22.75 GBP, from an RRP of £35.00 GBP. Release date: April 30, 2017. (Volume 1)

Paul :)

dibble18 Mar 2017 9:15 p.m. PST


That being said, I might give this book a try. Never get tired of reading about Waterloo, just like Little Bighorn. It's timeless.

Just like Porshe enthusiasts. Same basic theme, different version

Paul :)

Allan F Mountford20 Mar 2017 4:31 a.m. PST

I just checked out availability on Amazon and realised I had myself pre-ordered on 16th February! Looking forward to this one (due 2nd May).

Gazzola22 Mar 2017 4:40 a.m. PST

All versions and accounts of any action will probably contain aspects and information not found in other titles covering the same topic, so this one will also go on my list to buy. And, of course, all accounts are but interpretations of an author's interpretation of whatever research they have undertaken.

HappyHiker23 Mar 2017 8:32 a.m. PST

Hope this isn't a spoiler, but you do know, the french still lose?

Brechtel19824 Mar 2017 2:11 a.m. PST

Even better, the terms 'lie' or 'truth' are not in the title.

4th Cuirassier24 Mar 2017 3:06 a.m. PST

There's no getting away from the French losing, but French historians like to claim it was Ney rather than Napoleon who was beaten, and they also like to include Wellington's detachments at Hal and Tubize in his numbers, to make it look like Wellington outnumbered the French army rather than being outnumbered by it.


Brechtel19824 Mar 2017 7:03 a.m. PST

In actuality, as the French had to face the Prussians with 16,000 or so troops at Waterloo on the French right flank, including the Young Guard and two Old Guard battalions, the French were in actuality fighting outnumbered against Wellington and nearly won.

From that aspect, Waterloo is still interesting to study.

HappyHussar25 Mar 2017 3:52 p.m. PST

OMG another book on Waterloo… and so few on the Battle of Leipzig which for me was a more important battle.

LOL Happy Hiker .. you did spoil it for me! LMAO

For me the two volume set by Peter Hof. finished the interest in the Waterloo campaign for me. Authors should seek to write on the less covered battles instead of Waterloo …

So much has yet to be covered. So many battles in the French Revolutionary Wars remain to be covered like Fleurus, Jemappes and the later ones like the two Zurich battles, Engen and Stockach, Messkirch, etc.

I need another Waterloo book like I need a hole in the head ;)

Haitiansoldier28 Mar 2017 11:25 a.m. PST

I honestly cannot think of any more important Napoleonic battle than Waterloo. I never get tired of reading books on it.
However, I lot does have yet to be covered. We so need definitive books on Jena, Aspern-Essling, and many others.
Waterloo is still the best, but I really believe enough has been written on it. Borodino and the 1812 campaign also have been covered enough, but since these are the most famous Napoleonic actions we will never see enough books on them.
And some folks may not consider this Napoleonic, but a comprehensive book on the battle of Horseshoe Bend is a must on my list.

Robert Burnham30 Mar 2017 3:36 a.m. PST

You can see sample chapters of John Hussey's book and an on-going interview with him at:

Gazzola01 Apr 2017 4:38 a.m. PST

Well, no one is forced to buy any titles but I guess many of us just can't resist a new Napoleonic title. And there certainly seems no end of new Nap titles on the way, which I think we should all be pleased about, even if many of them tend to cover the same battles and campaigns.

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