A Waste of Blood & Treasure. The 1799 Anglo-Russian Invasion of the Netherlands

This is another part of neglected history and the publisher notes that it has not been covered for more than forty years. The author has addressed this deficit with a very readable account that is based on British, French, Dutch and Russian accounts – Highly Recommended.


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NAME: A Waste of Blood & Treasure. The 1799 Anglo-Russian Invasion 
of the Netherlands
FILE: R2605
AUTHOR: Philip Ball
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PAGES:  206
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Low Countries, Cockpit of Europe, Netherlands, Russian, 
Great Britain, French Revolutionary Wars, invasion, landings, 
Royal Navy

ISBN: 1-47388-518-3

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DESCRIPTION: This is another part of neglected history and the 
publisher notes that it has not been covered for more than forty 
years. The author has addressed this deficit with a very readable 
account that is based on British, French, Dutch and Russian 
accounts  – Highly Recommended.

A familiar nursery song remarks that 'the Grand Old Duke of York 
had 10,000 men, he marched them up to the top of the hill and 
marched them down again'. The ditty may be familiar still but the 
events on which it is based are not well known. The Duke of York 
was to see his last field command in this campaign. which was a 
failure and probably accounted for him never to be called upon 
again to command an Army, although he continued to be a figure 
in Horseguards.

The French Revolution was a terrible shock to the Crowned Heads 
of Europe. With the exception of Great Britain, with its 
established constitutional monarchy, Europe was divided into 
nation states that were headed by autocratic monarchs. Some 
kings were benign,  and well regarded by the people of those 
states, but the most common experience was of a monarch who had 
little interest in his people and regarded their interests of 
little account. There was a disconnect, and often discord between 
the higher elements of society. Marie Antoinette may not have made 
the “let them eat cake” response to calls for bread for the 
population of France, but it was probably very close to what she 
said and how she viewed the peasant beyond her walls. When the 
French revolted, many other monarchs felt too close to the tumbrils 
and guillotine. One of these was the autocratic Czar of the Russia's 
who felt an urgent need to crack down on the French example.

The result was that Russia and Britain considered joining in an 
expedition to correct the situation. The Netherlands presented a 
reasonably attractive place to make a start because it was close 
to Britain, presented many potential landing places for an invasion 
fleet, was well known to the British from the outstanding campaigns 
by the Duke of Marlborough, and had a population that were generally 
disposed to their fellow Protestants, with more common interests and 
histories than contention. That did however ignore the detailed 
complexities and the unique relationship of the House of Orange, the 
City Burgers and the people. There was some fertile ground that 
could be exploited by revolutionaries and there were still those who 
recalled the period of the Anglo-Dutch Wars where the Netherlands 
had United its Seven Provinces and their Admiralties to achieve 
great success over the Royal Navy, even sailing up the Medway to 
bombard Chatham and make off with the Royal Navy's flagship Royal 
Charles.

The author has used first hand accounts to provide graphic detail 
and blended these with extensive research. This has produced what 
may prove to be the definitive account of this campaign and its 
political and diplomatic background. This enables the reader to 
understand the objectives, how they were implemented, what the 
potential importance was, and how the campaign resulted in 
failure. There is also a modest but interesting photo plate 
section depicting key characters and showing the terrain as it 
is seen today.