Story of the final battles after Waterloo have been strangely missing, particularly in the English language. The author has provided a very readable account of the Battle for Paris and final engagements. – Highly Recommended.
NAME: The Battle For Paris 1815, The Untold Story Of The Fighting After Waterloo FILE: R3110 AUTHOR: Paul L Dawson PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Napoleonic Wars, Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon, brigade commanders, divisional commanders, deserters, civilians
PAGES: 283 IMAGE: B3110.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/w4zzfxn DESCRIPTION: Story of the final battles after Waterloo have been strangely missing, particularly in the English language. The author has provided a very readable account of the Battle for Paris and final engagements. – Highly Recommended. Waterloo came as a cold shock for French commanders because they had taken for granted the myth that Napoleon had never been personally defeated in the field. That may have been technically true because Napoleon had been delayed on several occasions and left his army behind on the retreat from Moscow, but he had never been invincible. When he returned from Elba and raised a new army, he was already sick and his new army was less effective than at the height of his military successes. He was gambling on reaching Brussels before the Allies could assemble an army against him. In the event he met, in Wellington, an effective commander of coalitions who had scouted the ground and chosen where he intended to meet the French. When his Imperial Guard were the final throw that was repulsed, his army broke and ran with Napoleon fighting through his own troops to get away. As defeats go that was pretty comprehensive and the prospects of pulling together a new army from the wreckage were remote. However, that did not mean all senior officers had given up. The author has studied the final battles and provided an interesting assessment of the personnel and events, with a useful photo-plate section.