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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Jun. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472804120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472804129
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 0.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Franklin is a professional military historian based in Switzerland who specialises in the Napoleonic period, and the Waterloo campaign in particular. A Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society (FINS), and a graduate of the University of Bern, he has been engaged in one of the most comprehensive investigations of the campaign ever undertaken, with the aim of providing a wealth of previously unpublished material on the dramatic climax to this important period of European history. The vast majority of his work is based on manuscript and archival sources. He is the author of the acclaimed books of correspondence on the Hanoverian and Netherlands armies, and has recently completed a new Waterloo 1815 trilogy for Osprey Publishing. He has acted as historical consultant for the two part BBC International TV production: 'Waterloo Warriors', together with contributing to the scripts for the BBC Scotland and TG4 (Ireland) productions, entitled: 'The Scots at Waterloo' and 'A Celtic Waterloo' respectively. He is currently a key contributor to several other projects relating to the Waterloo campaign and the battlefield.

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John Franklin is a professional military historian based in Switzerland who specialises in the Napoleonic period, and the Waterloo campaign in particular. A Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society (FINS), and a graduate of the University of Bern, he has been engaged in one of the most comprehensive investigations of the campaign ever undertaken, with the aim of providing a wealth of previously unpublished material on the various armies and contingents present during the dramatic climax to this important period of European history. The vast majority of his work is based on manuscript and archival sources, with the emphasis on primary research.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. J. C. Rickard on 21 Jun. 2015
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Follows on from the first two volumes in the trilogy, starting at dawn on 17 June. Although this does meant that the reader would benefit from owning one of the previous books, it also means that there is more space to dedicate to the key events of the battle of Waterloo, a good use of the fixed space in a Campaign volume. I also like the way the Prussian contribution is woven into the main flow of the text instead of being separated. This makes it clear how important the Prussian arrival was, and also for how early in the battle he began to worry about them
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Having written a series of books myself, I know how difficult it is to maintain a consistent standard with every volume and therefore picked up this book with some trepidation. After all, it is no easy task to write about the Battle of Waterloo with so many different theories and opinions along with a huge amount of ground to cover. Indeed, the fact that the Osprey Campaign series limits its writers to around 100 pages means that describing this momentous battle adequately, in addition to the Battle of Wavre in this case, is a challenge in itself. I need not have worried though as Franklin has written another great book and marches on with the same confident style.

In common with this book's predecessors, it follows the usual Osprey template but I am glad to see that Franklin has updated various sections appropriately. For example, the opposing forces section is modified to reflect the losses sustained by the three armies between 15-17 June and how this affected their performance and morale.

Wellington would have been impressed by Franklin's remarkably concise summary of the opposing plans (p27) on a single page. Despite only being a page long, it is straightforward and clear, which is a boon for a book so closely pressed for space. For example, the orders of battle for the three armies take up five pages alone, which was unavoidable to do them justice. Furthermore, the various introductory sections necessary for this series mean that the description of the battles themselves only begin on p28. Indeed, I am impressed that Franklin has managed to fit so much into a short book when it is so difficult to be concise about the 1815 campaign. As the writer of a Waterloo Battlefield Guide that covers the entire campaign, I know what I am talking about here.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Iain Wood on 29 Jun. 2015
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I have just finished reading John Franklin’s 3rd book and something I found extremely exciting was the wonderful new material relative to the fighting at Hougoumont.
I am always in total admiration of anyone who dedicates his/her life to researching archives that the majority of us do not even know exists. And it becomes even more appreciative when such an Author does his best to translate multi-lingual sources..., while the majority of us have to content ourselves with ‘mastering’ just one.

With at least ten unpublished manuscripts under my belt, (pastime) I consider myself a bit of a lazy ‘Armchair General,’ nonetheless, my speciality is not nit-picking the occasional error. As such, savouring this new Hougoumont content while admiring the facts and the presentation of this book, the all-in-all overshadows any absence of the monotonous ‘school-boy’ facts and figures.

Personally, having served with Left Flank, 2nd Bn. The Scots Guards in Northern Ireland and Libya, (The ‘Light Company, 3rd Foot Guards’) and while living at Plancenoit, I have a shelf full of books about Hougoumont and without doubt, this 3rd volume was an excellent buy.

Anecdote:
On Monday the 19th of June 1815; what Courts Martial were administered to 18 ‘Old Poppy Comrades’ from my Battalion ?
And what Courts Martial did the 16 Lilywhites manage to evade following the same incident at Hougoumont ?
Thanks to General Gow of the Scots Guards (RIP) only John Franklin knows the details !
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By NMS1975 on 23 Jun. 2015
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Waterloo 1815 (3) Mont St Jean and Wavre is the third and final volume in John Franklin’s excellent Waterloo trilogy. The first two books examine the actions fought at Quatre Bras and Ligny, while this volume not only considers the Battle of Waterloo but also the generally less well-known Battle of Wavre. Although it is advisable for the potential reader to have read the first two books, this title works well as a standalone volume.

Following a similar format to Quatre Bras and Ligny, Mont St Jean and Wavre begins by presenting the reader with a useful introduction to the opposing commanders; including Napoleon, Wellington, Blücher and Gneisenau. Next is a brief examination of the French, Allied and Prussian armies along with their respective – and highly detailed – orders of battle, something which military history enthusiasts and war gamers alike will greatly appreciate. The bulk of the book, however, is taken up by a detailed description of the Battle of Waterloo itself, giving the reader a rather enjoyable blow-by-blow account of the events of 18 June 1815. As already mentioned, the lesser known Battle of Wavre is also included, which helps bring to a close the Hundred Days campaign that has been so expertly written about by Franklin in this Osprey series. Finally, some information regarding the aftermath of the battle and the battlefield today concludes the volume.

In addition to the text, the book is very well illustrated using existing artwork – some well-known and others less so – and images more recently created by the talented Gerry Embleton. These images, along with the custom drawn maps, greatly help to bring the book to life.
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