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Review of Volume Two on battle of Quatre Bras

The latest December issue of the Newsletter of the Friends society of the Dutch Royal Army Museum (Vrienden Legermuseum) contains a wonderul review of our last book 'Quatre Bras, Perponcher's gamble'.

From this review: "The books by Muilwijk are recommended. For the first time the contribution of the Netherlands army takes centre stage in a study about 1815."

Deploying into battle at Waterloo

How were the infantry brigades of the Netherlands, i.e. Dutch-Belgian forces actually deployed at the Battle of Waterloo?

Did they use some sort of seniority system like the British army? Or perhaps something more similar to their experience the last two decades as French allies?

Dutch Belgians battle of Waterloo

It is all very fine to write the next definitive history on the Netherlands army in 1815, but it has to be based on solid documentation. And in our first volume ‘From mobilisation to war’ we already presented the drill regulations for the new and young army had not yet fully materialized.

With all sorts of memoirs and accounts from officers telling: I was on the left or right of this & that unit, it is not per se easy to establish a coherent history. Fortunately there is the map of the Battle of Waterloo from the Brussels’ cartographer Benjamin Craan, produced by royal decree and published in 1816. And above all: Craan interviewed numerous officers in the preceding months after the battle from both opposing sides. Surely his depiction of deployed brigades of the Netherlands forces was correct?

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Waterloo books in the press

Take a look at the various publications in the (foreign) press and social media, that pay attention to the publications of Sovereign House Books.

Simply visit the author's page and enjoy reading them! I salute you all from the steps of the Lion Mound.

Erwin Muilwijk

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Memorable bicentanary for the Netherlands

Today on 30 November marks the start of the bicentannial celebrations for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. A festive day as well for our publishing house, as we start selling our first e-Books and some of our interested audience actually purchasing these.

It is on this day this history begins with the return of Prince Willem Frederik at the beach of Scheveningen, while already for two weeks at several places all over Holland the population is revolting against the French occupation. Russian cossacks and Prussian line troops assist in the liberation of Holland.

In fact on this same day Prussian troops storm the walls of the town of Arnhem and liberate it, whilst fiercley engaged with the French garrison. A historic event currently re-enacted at Arnhem and where your author will be present tomorrow.

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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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