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Waterloo e-Books due for publication

We are currently preparing to launch our first e-Books for the end of November.

Each e-Book will be available for a very low price, ranging around € 5,- each and has the same level of in-depth information as our printed volumes. Every e-Book contains parts of our previously published books, so that we offer a wide array for each and everyone looking for particular information. A new opportunity to learn more on the Netherlands field army in the 1815 campaign.

The titles currently in preparation are:

  • Orders of Battle and other raw data
  • First contact at Frasnes (15 June south of Quatre Bras)
  • Prince Frederik's 2nd Netherlands Army Corps (from its origins in May 1815 all the way through its defense of the Halle position)
  • Skirmishing in the morning (16 June Quatre Bras)
  • Fighting in the Bois de Bossu (16 June Quatre Bras)
  • French royalists in exile
  • Fighting in the open fields (16 June Quatre Bras)

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Another milestone

As of today Volume One "From mobilisation to war" has sold 175 copies.

A great feat for a small & independant print on demand publishing house. In fact recently people start buying both of our published volumes together. And where as the first volume has now reached this milestone after 17 months since its publication, our second volume "Quatre Bras, Perponcher's gamble" is getting closer day by day since we reported on its sales figures 22nd September late in this news column.

Dutch-Belgian memoirs of the Battle of Waterloo

With at least 130 individuals serving in the Netherlands field army in 1815 contributing their memoirs, of which several wrote more than one account, letter or report, resulting ultimately in some 200+ period documents we at Sovereign House Books are indeed proud to state that our books involving the 1815 campaign form the new & very essence in historical research on the battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo, including all other events concerned. To have collected such a wealth of documents and eye-witness accounts can only be compared with the endeavours such as William Siborne's. 

 Prince of Orange Battle of Waterloo

The Prince of Orange and his staff at Waterloo, as depicted on the Waterloo Panorama by Louis Dumoulin. (Photo courtesy Mrs. E. Schleper)

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Views over Ligny and Waterloo

If you ever have the rare opportunity to climb the new water tower at Fleurus, make sure you do. On top of the 55 metres tall tower you have an excellent view over the battlefield of Ligny. On a good summers day one can even distinguish the Lion Mound on the horizon. When climbing the mound itself, you would be able to see the water tower as well. A unique experience of two panoramic views over two battlefields.

The series of photos here gives you an impression first of the battlefield of Ligny, starting with a view towards the west and the battlefield of Quatre Bras. In the distance the shiny metallic water tower just north of Frasnes can be seen quite clearly, while we continue east and see the trees of the Hôtel de la Paix, all the way towards Point du Jour. (See also our news item of 21 April!) Next is a series of photos of the battlefield of Waterloo, starting with a view north upon the construction of the new visitors centre and next turning against the clock, looking at Hougoumont, La Belle Alliance and ending with La Haye Sainte.

 

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The Lion Mound

During my recent holidays I brought two brief visits to the battlefield of Waterloo and even twice climbed the Lion Mound. In anticipation of another trip this coming week to the town of Halle and nearby villages to look at the landscape of the Anglo-Allied position here on 17 & 18 June and make an additional battlefield walk in the village Braine l'Alleud and its neighbouring hamlets, where amongst other the Prince of Orange spent the night, I thought it would be nice to clear some on the truths and myths surrounding the Lion Mound, or Butte de Lion.

Dutch Belgians Lion Mound

 

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