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Volume Three: Standing firm at Waterloo

Battle of Waterloo 1815 Dutch Belgians

Volume Three: 240 pages, A4 format, 68 illustrations (photographs, artwork of battle scenes and portraits), 7 maps, bibliography, index, (written in English & edited by Gareth Glover). 

Black & white edition: ISBN 978-90-819318-5-4

Colour edition: ISBN 978-90-819318-4-7

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Content information

This volume deals with the specific role of the Netherlands field army on both days of 17th and 18th June. In great detail the endeavours, events and the hard fighting of its infantry, cavalry and artillery are described. All this is based on dozens of memoirs by veteran soldiers from Holland, Belgium and Nassau serving together in the Netherlands field army. Their own words lavishly illustrate and enliven the text. The history presented in this volume adds to the knowledge on the 1815 campaign and the Battle of Waterloo, and shall change the perception on the Netherlands field army. Its men fought brave, showed courage and ultimately firmly stood their ground.

In various chapters this history amongst other shows the important role of Prince Frederik’s army corps in the preconceived position south of Halle, while the troops at Waterloo were engaged in battle under the command of Wellington and the Prince of Orange. Sappers cleared the road behind the battlefield to ensure a steady flow of reserve ammunition from Brussels. The infantry brigade of General van Bijlandt was already in cover behind the reverse slope, well before the French grand battery opened fire and Comte d’Erlon’s army corps attacked the position. Throughout the entire battle the Nassau battalion commanded by Captain Büsgen formed a vital part of the defence force of Hougoumont. The light cavalry of General Ghigny made several charges on the left wing, after the British cavalry regiments were thrown back in disorder. Colonel von Sachsen-Weimar’s Nassau soldiers fought a skirmish battle for the farms of Papelotte and La Haye and the Smohain hamlet, that changed hands during the battle. The exact circumstances how the Prince of Orange was wounded are presented. And finally the role of General Chassé and his troops is presented in the final stages of the battle, when the Garde Impériale attacks. Chassé’s men were not directly involved, but nonetheless immediately took part in the pursuit at the end of the battle.

In several sidebars this history also examines topics that could not be incorporated in the main narrative, but are nonetheless worthwhile to present. These include the death of General van Merlen, how a single lieutenant recaptured Charleroi on 19th June, who escorted the thousands of French prisoners to Brussels during the battle, whether or not Napoleon used the observatory tower, examples of surgery during the battle, and much more.

This truly is one of the most interesting histories published on the Battle of Waterloo, as it once again contains a wealth of hitherto unknown primary accounts, letters, memoirs and official documents from the Netherlands army, its soldiers and officers.  This material adds incredible new & indepth knowledge for everyone interested!

Artwork

Simliar to our previous volumes, this book presents numerous new portraits and battle scenes in a large format on every page, including many unknown depictions of important buildings, such as Hougoumont, La Haye Sainte, etc., etc. The maps are computer generated. Furthermore numerous photographs are added of locations on the battlefield of Waterloo, made during battlefield walks of the author.

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Reviews 

  • Review by Ron McGuigan on the website Napoleon Series (August 2014). Click here.
  • An appreciative word by historian Rory Muir. Click here.

What readers say

  • With this book you once again prove a great service to everyone involved in Waterloo and in particular your source research. (Kees Schulten from the Netherlands - historian and former director of the Netherlands Institute for Military History, NIMH)
  • I am on page 128 of Erwins 'Standing Firm at Waterloo' tome, which is about half way through. It's pretty good so far but I must say that the editing (it has been translated) is a bit 'sticky' in places. But other than that, I am enjoying it thus far and Erwin hasn't (so far) pulled any punches, giving accounts of pre-battle foraging/looting (as occurred with most allied units) and how some committed such heinous crimes that they were pursued and either shot or arrested by units of their own army. There is also a pretty good and interesting account of what went on at Halle, which is almost totally ignored by other authors of the Battle. And the fighting at Hougoumont is very well researched too. (Paul - alias 'Dibble' on The Miniatures Page - from the UK)
  • Got it today. Looked into it page by page while nothing happened during the first stage of the Tour de France. I think you've done a great job, Erwin. (Ed Coumans from the Netherlands)
  • Having browsed around, I agree with Ed Coumans. Also, the best editing in the series yet. Your thanks to Gareth Glover well deserved. (Jur de Jong from the Netherlands)

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