The French at Waterloo - Eyewitness Accounts

2nd and 6th Corps, Cavalry, Artillery, Foot Guard and Medical Services

Andrew W Field

Date Published :
March 2023
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
20 black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526768506
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526797773
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.2 X 6.1 inches
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Second volume of French eyewitness accounts of the Battle of Waterloo published in full for the first time in English.

This volume of French eyewitness accounts of Waterloo, published for the first time in full in English, completes Andrew Field’s pioneering work on the French experience in this decisive battle. These vivid recollections add a new dimension to our understanding of what happened on 18 June 1815.

Readers will now be in a position to come to their own conclusions and they can compare the French accounts with those of soldiers from the allied armies, in particular the British, which have largely determined our assumptions about the battle for the last 200 years. They will also gain a heightened insight into the trauma that the French eyewitnesses went through on the battlefield and afterwards as they tried to explain and come to terms their loss.

This second volume features graphic descriptions of the battle as it was remembered by men of the 2nd and 6th corps, cavalry, artillery and Imperial Guard and medical services of Napoleon’s army. Their words give us not only a telling inside view their actions during that extraordinary day, but they also record in graphic detail what they saw and show us how they reacted to Napoleon’s historic defeat.

About The Author

Andrew Field MBE is a former British army officer whose travels around the world have given him a unique opportunity to explore battlefields from ancient history to present times. He has always harboured a special fascination for the Napoleonic Wars. In particular he has reassessed Napoleon's campaigns in 1814 and 1815, and has carried out extensive research into Wellington's battles in the Peninsula. His books include Talavera: Wellington's First Victory in Spain, Prelude to Waterloo: Quatre Bras, Grouchy’s Waterloo: The Battles of Ligny and Wavre and Waterloo: Rout and Retreat: The French Perspective.


"While the general reticence of the French army following their defeat at Waterloo makes this a short collection of first-hand accounts, the information contained within is an invaluable addition to the ongoing study of Waterloo."

- The Napoleon Series

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