The Battle: A New History of Waterloo

The Battle: A New History of Waterloo


At Waterloo, a few 70,000 males below Napoleon and an equivalent quantity less than Wellington confronted each other in a tremendous and bloody fight. in spite of everything, as John Keegan notes, contemporaries felt that Napoleon's defeat had "reversed the tide of eu history." Even a hundred ninety years later, the identify Waterloo resounds.

Italian historian Alessandro Barbero's majestic new account stands except earlier British and French histories by means of giving voice to the entire nationalities that took half. Invoking the stories of British, French, and Prussian infantrymen, Barbero meticulously re-creates the clash because it opened up, from common Reille's early afternoon attack at the chateau of Hougoumont, to the determined final cost of Napoleon's Imperial protect as night settled in. From privates to generals, Barbero recounts person miracles and tragedies, moments of braveness and foolhardiness, skillfully mixing them into the bigger narrative of the battle's awesome ebb and circulate. One is left with indelible pictures: cavalry fees opposed to squaddies shaped in squares; the hand-to-hand strive against round farmhouses; unending cannon balls and smoke. And, eventually, a robust appreciation of the inevitability and futility of war.

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