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Wellington's Smallest Victory: The Story of William Siborne & Great Model of Waterloo: The Duke, the Model Maker and the Secret of Waterloo Hardcover – 1 Apr 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; 1st Edition edition (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571217680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571217687
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.8 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Author

The sub-title of this book is ‘The Story of Captain William Siborne & The Great Waterloo Model’. It was inspired mainly by the wish to put the record straight regarding Siborne, who has suffered a bad press for no good reason. To do this, I have located every known document on my subject, travelling to Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh, London and Berlin for my research. Using this material, Siborne’s ‘Waterloo Correspondence’ held in the British Library and all known published accounts than mention Siborne, I have been able to put together the story of the construction of his two Waterloo Models, how they were financed and how he went about writing his classic History of the Waterloo Campaign. I show how totally flawed previous accounts have been.

The second strand in this book is the relationship between Siborne and Wellington. The Large Model was intended to be a great monument to the greatest achievement of the Great Duke, but the two men ended up in a bitter dispute over it and other issues, a dispute that dragged on until Siborne’s premature death in 1849. This story is the classic issue of the junior officer asking questions in the wrong places and suffering the consequences. These revelations about Wellington and the role of the Prussians in the Waterloo Campaign will cause a storm of controversy, as I demonstrate exactly how the Great Duke went about having history rewritten. Since then, historians have copied historians…

About the Author

Peter Hofschröer, a specialist in Napoleonic history, is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning two-volume study 1815 - The Waterloo Campaign (Greenhill Books). Find out more here.


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