On June 18th, 1815 the last battle of the Napoleonic era was fought. On the field of Waterloo the myth of Napoleon's invincibility was finally laid to rest. This film uses modern re-enactments, period paintings and advanced 3-D mapping techniques to produce a powerful record of these dramatic moments in history.
I bought this DVD having limited knowledge of, but a lot of interest in, the Waterloo battle. This DVD provides a very good basis for understanding the background, tactics, and results of the battle and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested. Good text and grahics, realistic re-enactments, and knowledgeable commentary make this a very engaging DVD to watch.
Having recently returned from a trip to the battlefield of Waterloo, I wanted to find a dvd which covered the principle aspects of the battle. There don't seem to be that many of them out there. As no-one had previously reviewed this item I took the plunge and bought it. The dvd gives a broad view of the political developments leading to the battle following Napoleons return from exile. It focuses on the French vs Allied aspects of the battle and is perhaps a bit light on the Prussian involvement. It doesn't go into detail on the order of battle either. It uses an interview with a military historian, paintings, reconstructions, footage from the 1970 movie and an actor representing a British horse artilleryman to present ground level view of the battle. Without being comprehensive by any means this is an entertaining and informative documentary which does give some sense of the scale of the action.