It was now a battle of attrition as French Heavy Cavalry were launched against the thinning lines of British, Dutch and German troops. The fall of the farm of La Haie Sainte to a French onslaught opened the way to Brussels.
NAME: The Waterloo Collection, Cavalry Charge La Haie Sainte & Plancenoit, The French and Prussian Attacks, Part 3
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
PRESENTER(S): Tim Saunders, Graeme Cooper, Mike Peters, Andrew Duff, Frank Toogood, Tom Dormer
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital
MEDIA: One DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 95 minutes
PLAYERS: Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player
PRICE: GB £15.99
SUBJECT: Waterloo, 1815, Coalition Force, Dutch, German, British, Wellington, Blucher
DESCRIPTION: This DVD is the third of four DVDs that cover the skirmishes and battles collectively, popularly, described as the Waterloo Campaign. Battlefield History TV is the production company and follows its established approach of using writers and presenters from the Guild of Battlefield Guides. This provides a soldier’s view of the fight with the natural eye for the land, military experience, combined with thorough research. Presentation against location backgrounds is augmented with clear maps and re-enactment by living historians. In this DVD, the penultimate part of the story unfolds. Following on from Hougmont and D’Erlon’s Attack, the battle of Waterloo reaches a critical point. In the first part of the Campaign, The Dutch and Prussian troops had fought well and Wellington had met a series of critical points where reinforcements arrived just in time. Against the full weight of the French Army, Wellington had taken the Prince of Orange’s reckless skirmish and turned it into a delaying tactic. With the Prussians withdrawing to reform, the French failed to win a decisive victory and had to content themselves with taking the field of battle, but losing momentum on their march on Brussels. In that respect Wellington could claim an initial tactical victory, but with all still to play for. The use of farms as forts became an important factor in the Campaign and at Hougoumont the British defence held the French. It was now a battle of attrition as French Heavy Cavalry were launched against the thinning lines of British, Dutch and German troops. The fall of the farm of La Haie Sainte to a French onslaught opened the way to Brussels. With the Imperial Guard still to be committed, Wellington was left hoping for night or the arrival of Blucher’s Prussians. Napoleon failed to commit his Imperial Guard at this point as the Prussians swept towards the battle. However, with the Imperial Guard never having been defeated on the field there was still all to play for and an apparent advantage with the French. This is both entertainment and historical knowledge that will be enjoyed by all ages, from the total novice to the knowledgeable enthusiast and historian. Highly recommended.