A while ago I got in touch with another enthousiastic Dutch researcher on the Waterloo campaign, the archivist Mr. Bas Lems. He has always been intrigued by the actual numbers of casualties of the Netherlands field army and the various publications which always present entirely unfounded statisics. As we have now joined up together, we hope we can finally present these figures next year in 2014 as this coincides with the 3rd volume on the battle of Waterloo. Then we want to give the precise figures for the losses sustained by the Dutch, Belgian and Nassau troops at Quatre Bras and present the available troops for the Dutch-Belgians at Waterloo.
The most complete and finest order of battle for the Netherlands forces, composed of Dutch, Belgian and Nassau troops, is presented in the next volume. Based on all available & original archival resouces from the army dated back to 1815 we present not merely a list of the troops present at Quatre Bras, but also that of the entire field army in a seperate annex in the book. Moreover there is another annex which presents really astonishing information for the actual men under arms for the 2nd Netherlands Division on the morning of the battle of Quatre Bras, which is far more accurate than the effective strengths ever before published in all other histories.Read more ...
The past decade I have been able to exert a great influence on reshaping the history on the Waterloo campaign by providing several internationaly renowned and respected authors and researchers with source material on the Netherlands field army.
Among this select company are the Belgian author Bernard Coppens who wrote his 'Waterloo: les mensonges', or Mike Robinson who years ago visited me at my home and where we spoke an entire day on what happened with the Netherlands troops at Quatre Bras, after which he wrote his book 'Quatre Bras'. Next I was able to assist the Dutch author Andre Dellevoet for his 'The Dutch-Belgian cavalry at Waterloo' by providing several memoirs of cavalry officers. Also John Franklin profited as we closely worked together in the past by presenting two volumes with memoirs on Netherlands correspondence, containing a few dozen original accounts and memoirs. I have always worked very close with the enthusiastic historian Pierre de Wit, by mutually sharing our knowledge and documents on the 1815 campaign. Last but not least our own publication on the Battle of Quatre Bras found its way in the very polular series Les Éditions de la Belle Alliance published by Jean-Philippe Tondeur.
Sovereign House Books and its author are in the centre of all this new and exciting research on the Waterloo 1815 campaign. The series of four volumes by Erwin Muilwijk will further add to the knowledge on 1815. Together with the Waterloo200 Comittee we eagerly anticipate the planned celebrations of the battle in 2015.
(This news item was updated on 27th July 2014)