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Tango0102 Sep 2017 11:23 a.m. PST

"This, the fourth volume in Andrew Field's highly praised study of the Waterloo campaign from the French perspective, depicts in vivid detail the often neglected final phase the rout and retreat of Napoleon's army. The text is based exclusively on French eyewitness accounts which give an inside view of the immediate aftermath of the battle and carry the story through to the army's disbandment in late 1815\. Many French officers and soldiers wrote more about the retreat than they did about the catastrophe of Waterloo itself. Their recollections give a fascinating insight to the psyche of the French soldier. They also provide a first-hand record of their experiences and the range of their reactions, from those who deserted the colours and made their way home, to those who continued to serve faithfully when all was lost. Napoleon s own flight from Waterloo is an essential part of the narrative, but the main emphasis is on the fate of the beaten French army as it was experienced by eyewitnesses who lived through the last days of the campaign"


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Brechtel19802 Sep 2017 3:29 p.m. PST

I have the first three of Field's books and have preordered this one.

Tango0103 Sep 2017 2:11 p.m. PST

Thanks Kevin!.


Digby Green03 Sep 2017 4:14 p.m. PST

I am an avid collector of books on Waterloo, and I had thought about giving this one a miss as I am more interested in the campaign and battle itself. I have Andrews other 3 books.
But on reading the intro I decided that I will get it.

Gazzola04 Sep 2017 10:20 a.m. PST

Come on guys, cut out the new titles! I've been busy reading like mad and trying to reduce my unread mountain. But looks like yet another interesting title. Groan.

Ottoathome04 Sep 2017 12:32 p.m. PST

Dear Gazzola

Wait till you retire. The work load exponentiates exponentially.

I'm re-reading now many of the works I had assigned in undergrad days back in 1967 to 1971 and I am amazed at what I missed Now the books cry out from the shelves (all 4,000 of them or so) like hunger-starved chicks crying to be read.

Tango0104 Sep 2017 10:09 p.m. PST

Glad you like it my good friend!. (smile)


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