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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2018 3:38 p.m. PST

"This is a groundbreaking series of books in English by author, re-enactor, and equestrian Paul L. Dawson that use thousands of pages of French archival documents, translations of more than 200 French eyewitness accounts, and dozens of new paintings by Keith Rocco to tell the story of Napoleon's final military operations and his defeat at the battle of Waterloo. Napoleon's Last Army (NLA) is the most comprehensive study ever made of the French army in 1815, using primary source information that provides new insights into this famous campaign.

In February 1815 Napoleon escaped from his exile on the island of Elba and landed in the south of France. He then marched to Paris and resumed the throne as Emperor. In March at the Congress of Vienna, representatives of Russia, Austria, Prussia, and Great Britain declared Napoleon an outlaw and began raising armies to fight him once again as they had for the past ten years.

In just eight weeks, Napoleon assembled 128,000 soldiers in the French Army of the North and on 15 June moved into Belgium (then a part of the kingdom of the Netherlands). Before the large Russian and Austrian armies could invade France, Napoleon hoped to defeat two coalition armies, an Anglo-Dutch-Belgian-German force under the Duke of Wellington, and a Prussian army led by Prince von BlŁcher. He nearly succeeded…."
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Artilleryman04 Dec 2018 2:02 a.m. PST

This book has 'been in the wings' for some time with, as far as I know, no publication date set. I hope that this will be rectified soon as the information offered, not to mention the magnificent illustrations, make this a 'must have'. Interestingly, I notice that the same author has produced a book 'Waterloo: The Truth at Last' which seems to contain some of the information offered in 'Napoleon's Last Army'. I wonder if this is an indication that the big colourful book is in trouble and the author was determined to get some of his work out.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2018 11:20 a.m. PST

Let's see….


MaggieC70 Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2018 2:03 p.m. PST

How many "the truth at last" books are already out there by writers who are looking for publicity at the expense of scholarly credibility? I can recall several, actually.

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