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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2020 9:01 p.m. PST

… and 6th Corps, Cavalry, Artillery, Foot Guard and Medical Services

"This volume of French eyewitness accounts of Waterloo, published for the first time in full in English, completes Andrew Field's pioneering work on the French experience in this decisive battle. These vivid recollections add a new dimension to our understanding of what happened on 18 June 1815.

Readers will now be in a position to come to their own conclusions and they can compare the French accounts with those of soldiers from the allied armies, in particular the British, which have largely determined our assumptions about the battle for the last 200 years. They will also gain a heightened insight into the trauma that the French eyewitnesses went through on the battlefield and afterwards as they tried to explain and come to terms their loss…"


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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2020 8:34 a.m. PST

Sounds very similar to his "Waterloo; the French Perspective" (which was great). If there is novel content then well worth it. Publication New Year's Eve though….it is called missing the commercial boat?

Unless we all get book tokens for Christmas (which is highly likely and that might actually be very clever)

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2020 11:42 a.m. PST

Glad you like it my good friend! (smile)


BillyNM20 Nov 2020 2:30 p.m. PST

This book is already published, I have a copy and have nearly finished reading it.

rmcaras Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2020 8:35 p.m. PST

BillyNM, you sure this is the book you are reading? The first volume, with a very similar dustjacket image, addresses Napoleon, his guard and the I Corps [published May, 2020].

This volume addresses @nd, 6th Infantry Corps, the cavalry and artillery and additional Guard.

Looks like in the USA, its to debut on January 6th. 30 December in the UK.

BillyNM21 Nov 2020 12:00 a.m. PST

No it's definitely volume 2 and covers the formations you list and has an identical cover. I also have volume 1, I am in the UK which might affect publication dates?

YankeeDoodle21 Nov 2020 1:02 a.m. PST

"Unless we all get book tokens for Christmas…"
Have we just gone back to the 1960s? I suspect even matronly aunts give Amazon Gift Cards these days!

NapStein21 Nov 2020 3:20 a.m. PST


I liked the "French perspective" book of Andrew W. Field, and as I've lots of English and German memoirs/perspectives I'd be interested in these two new books. Could you tell if these are worth in comparison to the "French perspective", please?

Greetings from Berlin
Markus Stein

BillyNM21 Nov 2020 4:07 a.m. PST


I've got Andrew Field's 'French Perspectives' as well and to be honest I'm enjoying these two on Waterloo more. The first volume is less interesting as it includes Napoleon's account which I have in other books and the 1st Corps accounts don't seem to add a lot.

The best bits of the second (I've still got a few accounts to go before I finish it) come from the Cavalry Corps and the Garde units in Plancenoit. The former seems to indicate a prolonged face-off between cavalry and squares the cavalry holding tight and hoping for infantry support and not wanting to withdraw and possibly trigger a general retreat. The latter has a great account by Pelet where his Old Garde Chasseurs constantly disperse and skirmish and he can't get them to reform and drive the Prussians off with the bayonet.

If there's anything specific you'd like more info on let me know.

NapStein21 Nov 2020 4:17 a.m. PST

Thank you BillyNM – so at least the 2nd volume is on my list for the next visit to our bookstore in Berlin (Berliner Zinnfiguren – link ) … Greetings
Markus Stein

BillyNM21 Nov 2020 4:53 a.m. PST

@NapStein, I'm jealous of your bookstore, I've got nothing like it – perhaps you could return the favour and find out if there's an English edition of the book at the link below?


NapStein21 Nov 2020 5:45 a.m. PST


This book is the first of the series "Heere & Waffen" (Armies & Weapons) of our editor in Berlin; he startet with translations from Andrea books, as this one covering the Guerilla … and you're lucky as Andrea sells the English (and French) version via sale at link

… in the near future our 3rd book about the armies of Waterloo will be available at our (online) store at Berlin (I'll announce right when it is available).

Greetings from Berlin
Markus Stein

BillyNM21 Nov 2020 7:43 a.m. PST

Thanks, Markus and best wishes from NW London.

BillyNM21 Nov 2020 7:51 a.m. PST

@NapStein, trying to buy a copy but struggling with the checkout. Is there a way to buy without setting up an account and what is the VAT number or Identity Card that seems to be mandatory?

NapStein21 Nov 2020 8:12 a.m. PST

As I didn't order at Andrea so far, I cannot give any advice for the order process. I feel the same, as I don't want have an account at the several retailers, particularly those where I'll buy just one or two times.

Sorry for the inconvenience and hopefully you may find a solution (did you check, whether it is available via other book sellers?)

Greetings to London

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