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The defence of Hougoumont by the Nassau troops

During the battle of Waterloo the defence of the château and farm complex of Hougoumont, its garden and orchard were not merely in the hands of British troops, who fought bravely. It was also in the hands of the stubborn Nassau troops in the service of the Netherlands army, who amongst other defended the walls of the garden and the southern buildings of the complex. These men were from the 1st Battalion of the 2nd Nassau Regiment, including two jäger companies.

Their story will be included in our new history on Waterloo, told through the accounts of the battalion commander Moritz Büsgen, Sergeant Andreas Buchsieb and Jäger Peter Leonhard. Whilst we even have additional information on some of them leaving the complex, as the majority remained until the end of the battle, looking for ammunitions and retold through the memoirs of Netherlands staff officer Major Jan Egbertus van Gorkum. Their stories will add further flavour to the staunch defence in cooperation with the British comrades.

Read all about it in our next Volume Three.


Battle cry 'Oranje boven!'

During the trooping of the colours this week an old battle cry was re-introduced with the army, as 1350 men shouted 'Oranje boven!' (Orange for ever!) in honour of king Willem-Alexander.

We found some other battle cries as well in several memoirs of men and officers who fought at both Quatre Bras and Waterloo, which were feverishly shouted moments before they attacked with lowered muskets and bayonets fixed. We like to share these with you here:

  • Long live the King! (Lang leve de koning!)
  • We would rather die for king and country! (Wij sterven nog liever voor koning en vaderland!)
  • Long live the King, long live Prince Willem! (Lang leve de koning, lang leve prins Willem!)

Commemorative led coin from 1865 for the battle of Waterloo with the Prince of Orange.

Inscription 'Held van Waterloo' (Hero of Waterloo) 


Progress on book 3: Waterloo

As you may well expect.... our next volume will be published ahead of June 2014.

At the moment we have planned 14 chapters for Volume 3. And have now completed writing 5 of them, regarding the retreat on 17 June, the position of Prince Frederik at Halle, and two chapters on both the preparations of Wellington and Napoleon during the morning of 18 June for the battle to come at Waterloo.

So we are well ahead with 1/3 of the manuscript!



200 years Dutch Royal Armed Forces - trooping the colours

Yesterday on 9 January I was present and officialy invited to attend the commemoration how the Prince Sovereign Willem, later first king of the Netherlands, decreed the start of the armed land forces of his newborn country. It was a celebration of infantry, cavalry, artillery and other supporting branches. A rare and unique event in our 200 years of history of trooping the colours (i.e. Koninklijke Landmacht 1814 - 2014).

Indeed a proud moment as author to have been officialy invited by the Dutch army, among which officers do recognise the importance of what I write and publish.

I held a very simple camera in hand from the public tribune for the officialy invited guests and amongst other took a photo of King Willem-Alexander arriving in his landauer coach.

Being part of the 1815 historiography

Every author writes books to get acknowledged by others. Especially to have his works mentioned in other publications, as it means he is taken serious, well worth to be regarded as an authority on the subject and included in their bibliographies as a reliable source of information. We at Sovereign House Books feel very proud to have accomplished this in our first two years as an independant print-on-demand publishing house.

And thus it is very nice to see how the books we have until now published are already acknowledged by others and mentioned in the bibliographies of their publications, such as in the recently published (2013) biography on King Willem II by Jeroen van Zanten.

Like we already mentioned earlier here: our books and its contents are spreading around the world.

What we publish matters.

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