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on 29 June 2014
This short and not too detailed account of the famous battle demonstrates Corrigan's sure touch. Of particular value to the general reader, Waterloo is put firmly in its historical context, as are the lives of all the main participants, especially the often overlooked Prussians under the redoubtable Marshall Blucher. In particular he is not too dazzled by the subsequent idolatry heaped upon the valour of the British troops or indeed their General. Of Wellington's role he says that what tactically the Anglo-Dutch had to do was to hold on (in a good defensive position) until promised help arrived, a role which many of his contemporaries could have achieved equally well. But, as is stressed throughout, Wellington was in command of an allied army, and that he, possibly alone among the allied leaders, had the tact as well as the military 'clout', to get the best out of his motley collection of forces. I have read many accounts of the battle itself, but in this one enjoyed particularly the accounts of the days leading up to it, culminating in Quatre Bras and Ligny, and even more of the brief campaign which followed the battle and the final political settlement. Peripheral to the main work, I was intrigued by the author's views on the minor drawbacks of Kindle technology when dealing with military history, and was pleased that these have been mitigated to a certain extent by the citing of footnotes (always a delight in any work by Corrigan) at the end of each chapter, rather than the end of the book. Altogether a fascinating account of a campaign which has many contemporary resonances.
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