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The Dutch-Belgians at Waterloo, the final word

Our 3rd Volume "Standing firm at Waterloo" offers the latest and most complete history on behalf of the Netherlands field army for the days of 17 and 18 June, including everything you ever wanted to know in great detail on how its troops fought at Waterloo or were guarding the position of Halle.

Nowhere else will you find a more detailed history of the battle based on more than 200+ memoirs from Dutch, Belgian and Nassau soldiers and officers serving together in one field army. In over 700+ pages in 3 volumes we present you a history that no one else has ever made available. This history and series of books is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to know all about 1815, the battles & the campaign.

The original illustration used for the cover of Volume Three

In anticipation of the bicentanary in 2015 many books and publications will be published, but we at Sovereign House Books are convinced that our own books will offer such an amount of new information that no other books to be released can present the wealth of new information regarding the campaign & the battle. And in 2015 we will provide you with the last and 4th Volume in our series, containing the very latest archival research on the Netherlands field army participating in the invasion of France, the march to Paris & the numerous sieges by its army of fortresses in northern France.

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The books have arrived!

After a day of work I came home today and my own copies were right there as I stepped inside!

Time to enjoy a glass of red whine.

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"Standing firm at Waterloo" is now available

Our 3rd Volume is now available!

Check right here on our website for more information and to order directly!!!

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Dutch Belgian at the Battle of Waterloo 1815

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With three volumes now out, our series numbers 724 magnificent pages. That is a real treat on historical information as well as a real bargain!

New Waterloo book is almost there!

Our next publication on the retreat of the Anglo-Allied army on 17 June and the Battle of Waterloo on the next day is almost there!

The complete manuscript is now amended with the corrections provided by the renowned British historian Gareth Glover, who himself has published a wealth of information regarding the 1815 campaign. All of the maps to be presented in the next volume are finished, and we have now acquired all the illustrations we need to enrich the history, such as numerous portraits from men and officers involved, photographs of the battlefield and the defensive position at Halle, and a wealth of illustrations regarding the Battle of Waterloo never before published in the public realm.

This coming weekend we will be very busy for all of you interested readers to put together a wonderful publication.

Update morning 22 June 2014: Checking final corrections before uploading the book to Lulu. This involves so much work that we have decided to postpone the release of the book with a few more days: 27 June. 

Waterloo: the horrors for the wounded

The Battle of Waterloo saw many men and horses being horribly wounded and sometimes even waiting days for being attended to, or put out of their misery.

At the end of the battle there were the most horrific scenes as vengeful Prussian soldiers showed no mercy for the wounded French grognards left behind when the battle was lost. This is shown in two accounts from Netherlands soldiers, who were quite upset to what they witnessed. One of these is from Sergeant Wetering, serving in the 4th National Militia Battalion:

I don’t think it will be necessary to describe how the battlefield looked like, as all day long it had been fought with the utmost tenacity. There were thousands of dead and wounded on this battlefield. The rain that had fallen the day before also enlarged the misery. At some places one was forced to walk up to the ankles through puddles of blood mixed with rainwater. We pursued the French up to the stone road to Jemappe [sic]. Then the Prussian lancers came pushing through us. Then the duty for us was done on this glorious day. We marched to within ¼ of an hour reach of Jemappe. There our brigade commander Colonel Ditmers catched up with us and ordered our captain to halt and set up bivouac. He requested our captain to tell us he was satisfied of our behaviour and especially during the skirmishing and that he would notify the divisional general of this. Along the highroad stood a farm building. This was set up for an ambulance, which was full of wounded. Here a fire started during the night and soon the entire building was a prey of the flames. (Oh, those unfortunate wounded.)

Wounded on the battlefield of Waterloo

Another example is that from 2nd Lieutenant Roorda van Eysinga serving in the 19th National Militia Battalion:

But before I continue, I must tell of an example of the Prussian revenge. When in the morning they noticed that French wounded had crawled inside a farm, either to get bandaged or hide, they  lit the building. Horrifying were the cries of the unhappy ones to get saved. Captains De Haan, Menso and lieutenant-adjutant Van Dijk hurried there to save the unhappy ones; ladders were used to carry them from the burning building. I did what I could to be of any help; we managed to save many and when we thought there were no more, we heard that some were still on the attic, who were unable to get down. Ladders were placed at all openings, the flames grew bigger and bigger and we were in danger to suffocate by the smoke, or to be squashed under the crushing timber. At last we managed to save the last one. Shortly there after the roof of the building violently crushed. A French officer wept with gratitude. We spoke to him and he said: “Voila les Hollandais encore braves et généreux. J’ai toujours dit, que cette noble nation malgré tous les revers, qu’elle a essuyé de notre part, ne peut se changer. Il est vrai que les Hollandais sont constants dans les calamités, intrépides guerriers au champ de bataille, et généreux envers leurs prisonniers. Messieurs! je vous jure que ma reconnaissance sera inaltérable, et que vos nobles exploits me fourniront matière d’inspirer les Français avec un respect dû à vos mérites.” I answered: “Monsieur! nous sommes très sensibles à votre sincère reconnaissance, mais les sentiment d’avoir rempli notre devoir, nous recompense autant, que nous vous prions bien humblement de ne plus nous adresser des louanges à cet sujet.”

Let us always remember that even when we write about history, tell about a battle, there were men and animals who sacrificed their lives...