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Prelude to Waterloo

Did you know that about a third of Volume One "From mobilisation to war" actualy deals with the outbreak of hostilities on 15 June?!

This part of the volume describes in great detail the events and manoeuvres for the various Netherlands divisions. How even during the early morning they were well aware of the French invasion directed towards Charleroi and adepted their defensive schemes to meet this threat. How above all the Prince of Orange quickly spurred his horse to Brussels to inform the Duke of Wellington of all these events.

Frasnes 1815 Red Lancers

Perhaps even more interstingly is the chapter that tells about the action at the small village of Frasnes in the late afternoon on 15 June, when the Red Lancers of the French Imperial Guard cavalry spearheaded the French advance along the road from Charleroi to Brussels, accompanied by Marshall Ney. They were stopped in their march forward by the resilient Nassau soldiers that served in the Netherlands field army, who were assisted by just one horse battery commanded by Captain Bijleveld.

This brave, although small, action and the subsequent fighting around Franses by the Nassau brigade under the command of Colonel von Sachsen-Weimar that late afternoon has never before been described in such detail as in volume 1 "Mobilisation". Especially as it is based on and presented through numerous accounts from participating Nassau and Netherlands veterans.

Therefore "Mobilisation" is a must have for anyone who is seriously interested in the Waterloo campaign!

The chapters in this volume on 15 June will further enhance your understanding of what is published in the next volume "Quatre Bras, Perponcher's Gamble".

Progress on Volume Four

The research for the fourth and final volume in the series on the Netherlands field army in the 1815 campaign is currently still in full progress. 

Thousands of contemporary documents have already been gathered from various army archives concerning the corps headquarters, the Indian Brigade and the 1st Division. Private journals of for example Major-General De Eerens have been extensively researched for the period after Waterloo, as well as the continuous journal of the Quatermaster-General Constant-Rebecque up to the last days in December 1815 when the field army returned home and was disbanded. Furthermore additional literature is now collected and studied on such themes as siege warfare in relation to the sieges/observations of the fortresstowns of Le Quesnoy, Condé and Valenciennes. But also those of Péronne, Bavay and Bouchain. All these towns were involved in what became the last active sieges by a Netherlands force (except 15 years later when the Dutch were besieged themselves in Antwerp).

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Reshaping history (2)

It is always very nice to see when new publications on the Waterloo campaign do include my own work in their bibliographies and make mention of you in their acknowledgment. It adds weight and importance to what I have written, shows my work is appreciated and taken serious. Above all important is the fact how my analyses and presentation of facts and memoirs on the Waterloo campaign influences other authors.

Such is the case with the recent booklet by John Franklin entitled "Quatre Bras", as a first volume on the Waterloo campaign, and published by Osprey as nr. 276 in its Campaign Series. Kudos John!

Other appreciative words were expressed by the British hisotrian Rory Muir, who is currently working on his second volume for the biography on the Duke of Wellington. click here

I recently learned from my friend & fellow freelance historian Pierre de Wit, that besides himself and John Franklin, I was considered by Gareth Glover to be among them as leading authors and investigators on the history of the Waterloo campaign! For more information on how I contributed to other publications and authors, click here.

 

 

 

Atlas of France - follow the armies after Waterloo

Take a close look how the Allied armies advanced through France after their victory in the battle of Waterloo, by visiting the online collection of the Cassini atlas of France. 

Highly detailed maps made by the Cassini family in the 18th century of France, more in particular by César-François Cassini and later his son Jean-Dominique Cassini, provide you an excellent idea of the countryside, the towns and villages, the roads and river crossings and fortified places. Updated versions were still in use in 1815. 

These maps will surely help you follow our history on the invasion of France due in Volume Four next year. Take a look at the Cassini maps right here.

Don't forget we also paid attention to contemporary atlasses of the Netherlands in another news item!

October History Month = Discount Month

Traditionally it is History Month in the Netherlands during the entire month of October and everywhere special events, lectures, exhibits, etc., etc are organised. All this to promote a bigger interest in all aspects of history.

Therefore we also have lowered the prices of both our printed books as well as all e-Books!

You receive 5 or 15% discounts on our printed books (and that is besides any additional offers from Lulu, our print on demand publishers!)

You receive 25% discount on all our e-Books!

This action is valid this entire month of October, so take your chance and order now! 

 

 

 

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