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Ligny and Quatre Bras: The Waterloo Collection DVD Part 1

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: The Battlefield History TV Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ORVDI8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,183 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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This series of documentaries is a major project that will chart the entire 1815 Waterloo Campaign in detail from Napoleon s return to France through the various battles and engagements to the pursuit to Paris and Napoleon s final abdication. The whole suite will total over five hours of programmes. Each of the four disks will contain three separate programmes that concentrates on aspects of the campaign or phases of the great battle itself. Each programme is filmed on the ground where the particular phase of battle was fought making this a unique project that fuses tactics and ground in a readily understood way with re-enactment and lavish use of both maps and diagrams. Vignettes provided by living historians illustrate the life of the Napoleonic soldier, along with his weapons and tactics. This disk contains the programmes on: Campaign Background Napoleon returns from exile in Elba, quickly re-establishes himself in Paris and begins re raising his Army. The team look at the state of preparedness of the Allies and the French and examine their respective plans. The route of Napoleon s Army is followed across the Belgian boarder to the first engagements astride the River Sambre and into the defiles north of Charleroi. Quatre Bras With Wellington being famously humbugged by Napoleon s deception and with the Prince of Orange s Chief of Staff ignoring Wellington s instructions to fall back the battle of Quatre Bras built from a skirmish into a full scale battle that would be one of the Great Duke s foremost battle if it had not been overshadowed by Waterloo two days later. The battle begins with a steadfast defence by Dutch Belgian and German Allies and saw British troops forced marching to the vita cross roads as Wellington realised his error. The battle fought on a narrow font was a bloody business with the British being thrown into combat as they arrived to support the Prince of Orange s exhausted troops but at nightfall the battle died down into stalemate as the French fell back to their bivouacs. Ligny Marshal Blucher stood and offered battle in the villages and on the heights above the Ligny Brook, believing that he had a promise of support from Wellington. Napoleon duly attacked and committed his troops to a frontal assault on St Armand expecting D Erlon s 20,000 man strong I Corps to fall on the Prussian flank but someone had blundered! The vital corps spent the day marching and countermarching between the Quatre Bras and Ligny battlefields, as contradictory orders were issued by Napoleon s staff and Marshal Ney. The fighting was at its bloodiest in the Village of Ligny but as the darkness fell and lightning lanced out of dark rain clouds Napoleon released the Imperial Guard and a whole corps of cavalry into the attack around the village. The aging Blucher was pinned beneath his horse as he desperately urged his men to hold the heights above Ligny. The Prussians though were beaten but not defeated and withdrew to the north from the scene of Napoleon s last victory to regroup.

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Waterloo Collection Vol.1

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for ANY Waterloo buff 1 Jun 2011
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This is an absolute must for anyone interested in the Napoleonic Wars and the 1815 campaign in particular. Just took receipt and watched it within ten minutes of taking it from the box. This is real in depth stuff - accurate and original - great re-enactments and clever delivery. This has to be the best and longest overdue treatment of the subject to date and I am looking forward to the next three parts which I believe will be even better! Don't just go out and buy this DVD - buy it twice - you will always want a back-up handy! Superb - and if you love anything 'Waterloo', this is the best you will get.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best DVD on the subject 11 Dec 2011
By Bor
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This is part one of a series of four DVD's on the Waterloo campaign of 1815. The series DVD's each have three programmes of about half an hour each, making for a total of twelve programmes in total. This DVD contains the first three: The opening of the camapaign, The Battle of Quatre Bras and The Battle of Ligny.
The story is told by a number of people that act as battlefield guides when they don't make DVD-programmes, each taking care of a part of the story. Reenactors are used to show some action and to illustrate period uniforms, and sometimes to explain about weapons and tactics. I think this is a great approach, because this is the one thing books cannot replace (unlike showing paintings and museum pieces).
This approach also has a number of drawbacks though, that you should be aware of. First of all, although the actual battlefields are used as the stage to tell the story, they don't look anything like they did in 1815. But despite that being there does add flavor. The second thing is that there are never enough reenactors to form units of the size they had in 1815. You'll continually see fairly small groups of troops moving through the screen, and as long as the camera stays close this is all right. But from further away it becomes very noticable. Finally it is impossible to clear modern gear from the background, so you'll see Napoleonic troopers moving by with modern houses or moving cars in the background. I've been to a number of Waterloo reenactments, and this is just how it is, so I don't mind.
The story is told in a well balanced way, but firmly from the Allied perspective. The role of the Prussians and Dutch-Belgian and German Allies is told honestly, and credit is given where it is due.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good overview 1 July 2011
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If you are looking for an exciting, fast flowing, polished and detailed account of the battles of Quatre Bras and Ligny, this is not it. It is, however, faults included, a good overview.

Some faults lie in the poor editing and overall quality. The sound, in my copy, was bad at the beginning and in other parts, I had to keep raising and lowering the volume to hear what was being said. In one case, in which four presenters stood side by side, the first and third speakers could be heard, but I had to raise the volume for the second and fourth speakers. In another case one presenter is cut off even though it was clear he was still speaking.

The impression is also given that the presenters were only given one chance to say their lines. The editing problem can also be seen clearly when, in one scence that depicted British re-enactors marching, a Scottish drummer leading the troops looks to be wearing sunglasses. It may have been for health reasons but it was bad editing and ruined the period effect.

Sadly, you do not really learn enough about the actual battlefields or the armies involved and there is nothing offered concerning both battlefields, that can't be found in books. It is certainly not a step by step guide to each battle. It is almost as if those involved, such as The Guild of Tour Guides, were afraid to show too much incase no one bothered with going on the actual tours. But the DVD should have been created to inspire enthusiasts to want to visit the sites.

Certainly, there should have been more clips of the actual battlefields and, although some of the maps employed were fine, others were too small and faint and the names of places on them hard to see.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought 4 Aug 2011
By zama64
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I really enjoyed this DVD. It is true that some of the the editing and presentation can be lacking at times, but overall it is well worth watching. In many ways it is the lack of 'slick' camera work and narration that gives the DVD its quality. Here you have people who know what they are talking about explaining the subject to the viewer in a calm way. I particularly like the use of Living Historians, the interview with one chap,Simon?, was very informative. Have ordered the next in the series. At this price it is bargain.
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