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Waterloo Battlefield Guide (Battlefield Guides) [Hardcover]

David Buttery
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3 May 2013 Battlefield Guides
The defeat of Napoleon's French army by the combined forces of Wellington and Blucher at Waterloo on 18 June 1815 was a turning point in world history. This was the climax of the Napoleonic Wars, and the outcome had a major influence on the shape of Europe for the next century and beyond. The battle was a milestone, and it cannot be properly understood without a detailed, on-the-ground study of the landscape in which it was fought - and that is the purpose of David Buttery's new battlefield guide. In vivid detail, using eyewitness accounts and an intimate knowledge of the terrain, he reconstructs Waterloo and he takes the reader - and the visitor - across the battleground as it is today. He focuses on the pivotal episodes in the fighting - the day-long struggle for the chateau at Hougoumont, the massive French infantry assaults, repeated cavalry charges, the fall of La Haye Sainte, the violent clashes in the village of Plancenoit, the repulse of the Imperial Guard and rout of the French army. This thoroughgoing, lucid, easy-to-follow guide will be a fascinating introduction for anyone who seeks to understand what happened on that momentous day, and it will be an essential companion for anyone who explores the battlefield in Belgium.

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  • Hardcover: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (3 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781591210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781591215
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 15.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The 'Waterloo Battlefield Guide" by David Buttery is an extremely comprehensive and vivid reconstruction of the battle of Waterloo (one of Europe's most decisive and famous battles). For anyone interested in both the battle itself and especially touring the site, this book is an essential and entertaining read. The book is very well illustrated with detailed and yet clear mapping showing an intimate knowledge of the terrain. As a battlefield tour guide and non expert on the Napoleonic era, I cannot recommend this thoroughly articulate and enjoyable read enough, it provides an invaluable guide to people seeking to explore this famous battleground. Guild of Battlefield Guides David Buttery has produced a most excellent little battlefield guide. It is exceptionally well illustrated and has some quite excellent maps. In my opinion it's a steal at GBP19.99. Chairman of Waterloo 200 This book is a real joy to read being packed with information. The Bulletin

About the Author

David Buttery has established a reputation as a leading historian of nineteenth-century British military history and the British Empire. He has made a particular study of the Napoleonic and Crimean Wars. He has worked in newspapers and in an oral history archive and has published extensively in many of the leading military history periodicals including the Victorian Military Society's journal, The Leicestershire Chronicle and Military Illustrated. His most recent books are Wellington Against Massena: The Third Invasion of Portugal 1810-1811, Messenger of Death: Captain Nolan and the Charge of the Light Brigade and Wellington Against Junot: The First Invasion of Portugal 1807-1808.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent maps! 2 July 2013
The first thing that I noticed about this book was the maps. There are lots of them, they are clear, sufficiently detailed and colourful. Now that, which should be standard, is refreshing and a great start. This good, first impression did not disappoint as I delved more deeply into what is an excellent publication. From the title I expected that this would be a guide to the famous battle and ostensibly it is, but it is also much more.

The book's eleven chapters cover the background to the campaign, the armies, plans and initial manoeuvres, the battles of Quatre Bras, Ligny, Waterloo (in phases) and Wavre, the aftermath and visiting the battlefield. Each chapter includes an historical description. Those about the battles include a description of key points of interest to the visitor (or armchair visitor). Each chapter also features several `sidebars', most of which provide a brief biography of some of the key people from both sides, as well as numerous reproductions of paintings, photos, and maps.

I began reading this book with some trepidation, having read Buttery's book "Wellington vs Junot" and being decidedly under-impressed. I found that tome to be a subjective and value-laden version of history and also to contain numerous errors and breaks in the flow of logic of the text. I need not have been concerned. This book is easy to read and is, in the main, a fine example of the objective writing of history at its best. Buttery demonstrates great skill in his writing, producing a text that is written with no assumed knowledge, making it suitable for the novice, but also with sufficient detail and insights to reward the experienced Waterloo `campaigner'. The detailed, descriptive and insightful text is far beyond what I expected in a guidebook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This excellent book is a comprehensive and well-thought description of the background, locations, events and personalities of one of the world's most significant battles. In 11 chapters and 291 pages, it offers far more than a battlefield walker's route-map. With 18 clear and informative maps in colour, 96 photographs (46 in colour) and 16 mini-biographies of high and low-ranking personalities, it is a pleasure to read, ponder and digest in its own right. More than that, this book provides essential fine details for the present-day visitor. With this in hand, anyone can readily identify and travel to those locations of greatest personal interest - and be sure of top-grade information. As a bonus, the volume is sturdy and nicely-printed on high-quality paper - a pleasure to browse through. I cannot recommend this book too highly. [Also, let me direct you to his other valuable publications on Napoleonic War topics.]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Guide to the Battlefield 8 Aug 2013
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This is a very good book, pretty easy to carry, well illustrated with excellent maps. If you are visiting the battlefield this is the volume to take around with you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buttery's Waterloo Battlefield Guide 7 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A battlefield guide must be a dry book if it only describes the event so I opened David Butterys book with some trepidation. It will be 200 years to the day on 18 June 2015, I understand this is the only guide commissioned for this great bicentenery.
I need not have worried because I was soon deep into Napoleons "100days " and understanding for the first time how he escaped exile and horrified Europe with a new army and grandiose objectives. The Guide takes you along at a good pace to the most important collision of forces in the 19th century explaining all as it goes.
As a occasional reader of Military History and often unsure of the differences between a battallion and a divison Buttery s clarity is a delight.
Finally the Maps. These are the jewel in the crown and will allow any visitor with this guide to stand on the battle ground and populate in the minds eye the rows and columns of colourful forces in their correct places. It made me want to book our family visit for June 2015.
Please note Amazon has miss spelt the authors name . It is David Buttery not David Burrery . Dr Roger Gray Cambridge.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'll take this with me when I visit 10 Dec 2013
By Shazza
As a novice regarding Waterloo this book provides a great introduction to the subject. It is well illustrated with colour photographs and maps and the text is nicely broken up with text boxes and highlighted areas. This makes it very easy to dip into, helped by the fact that it has an extensive contents page and index.

This book goes further afield than Waterloo itself and examines locations in Great Britain and elsewhere that are related to the battle. For example, the Waterloo Churches in London, statues of Waterloo heroes around the country and the spot on the south coast where the captured Eagles and Wellington's dispatches were brought ashore.

I hope to visit Waterloo soon (maybe during the bicentenary year of 2015) and this volume gives you a good idea of where to stay, how to get there and tips on the best places to visit. I particularly liked the recommendations for hotels and restaurants in the region of the battlefield and will make a point of looking up Cambronne's Tavern. This book provides useful modern maps revealing road, motorway and rail links to the area
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide
This was my first visit to the battlefield. it struck the right balance between general background and detail on the battle itself, and set the Waterloo battle well in the context... Read more
Published 8 months ago by J A Theakston
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I bought David's book as a layman. Somebody with a general interest in knowing more about this incredible period in British military history. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Andrew Mackenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
My son has yet to see it (a birthday present), but having glanced through it, it appears to meet all the necessary criteria for an aficionado of the Battle of Waterloo.
Published 9 months ago by Wendy
5.0 out of 5 stars Waterloo Battlefield Guide. David Buttery
At last, at long, long last a REAL Battlefield of Waterloo Guide! A book that combines superb maps and photographs, plus sketch and line drawings, with a flowing and accurate... Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. J. N. Viner
5.0 out of 5 stars Waterloo
Some years ago I lived in the small seaside town of Broadstairs in Kent and never knew that it was here that news of the victory at Waterloo first reached these shores. Read more
Published 10 months ago by L. Dew
4.0 out of 5 stars An essential guide
As a newcomer to the subject I was initially put off by the density of the text, but once I got stuck into it I was immersed into a very easy to read, lucid account of the battle. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr & Mrs Sheard
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