Waterloo: The Campaign of 1815

Volume I: From Elba to Ligny and Quatre Bras

John Hussey

Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Greenhill Books
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16 pages of plates
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Pages : 736
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The first of two groundbreaking volumes on the Waterloo campaign, this book is based upon a detailed analysis of sources old and new in four languages. It highlights the political stresses between the Allies, and their resolution; it studies the problems of feeding and paying for 250,000 Allied forces assembling in Belgium during the ‘undeclared war’, and how a strategy was thrashed out.

It studies the neglected topic of how the slow and discordant Allies beyond the Rhine hampered the plans of Blücher and Wellington, thus allowing Napoleon to snatch the initiative from them. Napoleon’s operational plan is analyzed (and Soult's mistakes in executing it). Accounts from both sides help provide a vivid impression of the fighting on the first day, 15 June, and the volume ends with the joint battles of Ligny and Quatre Bras the next day.

About The Author

After reading History at Cambridge John Hussey spent 30 years working for BP around the world including the Congo in the 1960s and Nigeria in the 1970s. He was awarded an OBE in 1971\. He has written many articles on British military history, mainly on the Napoleonic and First World Wars, and served as a member of the International Historical Committee for the restoration of the Waterloo Battlefield. He is the author of MALBOROUGH: HERO OF BLENHEIM (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004) and is a Fellow of the Royal Historial Society. Hew Strachan is Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews and was formerly the Chichele Professor of the History of War at All Souls College, Oxford.


"The book is beautifully written, well mapped, and it will be the authoritative book on Waterloo for all time."

- Major-General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter, KCVO, Chairman ‘Waterloo 200’, March 2017

"a brilliant tour de force, not least for its comprehensive coverage of matters that so many histories of warfare either ignore or skate over."

- Major-General Julian Thompson, CB, OBE, March 2017

"This book is a gem. Every chapter is filled with new information I have not seen before. It is a must-read for hose who are interested in the tumultuous events of 1815."

- Robert Burnham, editor-in-chief, The Napoleon Series, March 2017

"It will be decades before this book is superseded as the Best account of those extraordinary events of 1815."

- Professor Andrew Roberts, author of Napoleon the Great, March 2017

"beautifully written and exhaustively researched; John Hussey's book will hold the field for a very long time."

- Professor Sir Hew Strachan, March 2017

"…it is pretty much a slam dunk… The author has used sources in four languages to tell this amazing story… If you are looking for a one volume history of Napoleon's escape from Elba to the twin battles of Quatre Bras and Ligny, this is it. I cannot wait for the release of Volume II, and the author's telling of the battles of Waterloo and Wavre.”

- A Wargamer's Needful Things

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