The Napoleonic Wars
First published in 1815 as The Martial Achievements of Great Britain and her Allies, this celebration of Britain’s victory over Napoleon is reproduced here in full, with its original patriotic text and 55 colour plates by James Jenkins. These include a portrait of Wellington and illustrations of all the major engagements from the Battle of the Nile through burning of Moscow to the final encounter at Waterloo.
The Anatomy of Glory
Napoleon and His Guard
Established in May 1804 as a small personal escort, the Garde Impérial rapidly grew into a formidable tactical unit comprising a third of Napoleon’s field forces. This narrative study, complete with uniform illustrations and military maps, tells of the unit’s 12-year history up to its disbandment in 1815 when Napoleon abdicated.
Wellington's Men Remembered
A Register of Memorials to Soldiers Who Fought in the Peninsular War and at Waterloo 1808–1815 | Volume 1 A–L
This is the first of two volumes which together form a record of memorials to more than 3,150 British and Allied soldiers of Waterloo and the Peninsular War. Each entry provides the full inscription on the stone or tablet, information on its location, and the rank, regiment, honours and service record of the man commemorated. Separate sections cover battlefield and regimental memorials and the accompanying CD Rom contains photographs of many of the memorials.
The Recollections of Lieutenant John Hildebrand 35th Foot in the Mediterranean and Waterloo Campaigns
While Wellington was in Iberia, John Hildebrand joined the British garrison in Malta and took part in the defence of Sicily, the campaign in the Ionian Islands and the siege of Ragusa before being sent to Belgium and marching on Paris after Waterloo. The young officer's colourful memoirs are accompanied by maps, illustrations and commentary.
Decline and Fall of Napoleon's Empire
How the Emperor Self-Destructed
Digby Smith takes a somewhat anti-Napoleon tone in this analysis of the French Emperor's management of military and civic matters in the years up to his downfall in 1815. Among Bonaparte's chief major errors, he argues, were the invasion of Russia in 1812, the failure to invest in the Navy, and diplomatic mistakes that resulted in opponents gathering on all sides.
The Candid Letters of Lieutenant Colonel John Fremantle, Coldstream Guards, 1808–1837
These recently discovered letters from one of Wellington’s closest aides provide a refreshing contrast to the Duke’s own sanitized account of events, bringing many little-known incidents to light. Covering the Peninsular War and the Waterloo campaign, they offer a first-hand record of the military engagements, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the power struggles within Wellington’s inner circle.
The Waterloo Archive
Volume IV: British Sources
Gareth Glover, a long-time Napoleonic war researcher, has annotated and published for the first time letters and journals in the Waterloo Archives. This volume features the accounts of British soldiers from senior ranks to common soldiers, including the poignant final letters of Major Arthur Heyland, more boisterous accounts of bordello visits and recollections of plundering local farmhouses.
The Waterloo Archive
Volume III: British Sources
This volume comprises archive material from British sources, by men of all ranks in the cavalry, infantry and artillery. The many revealing details include failed horse charges, friendly fire, letters from surgeons attending casualties and the camaraderie among Peninsular veterans, with authors such as Sir Hussey Vivan; Frederick Ponsonby, who describes his battlefield wounding; and Daniel Mackinnon, famous for the defence of Hougoumont.
Voices from the Past
Composed of more than 300 eyewitness accounts, official documents and newspaper reports, this collection tells the story of Waterloo, mainly from British participants’ point of view. From the camaraderie among the massed allied troops ahead of the battle to the horrors of the cavalry charges and artillery bombardments, this gives a human view from commanding officers and lower ranks of some lighter moments and the heat of battle.
On the Road With Wellington
Diary of a War Commissary in the Peninsular Campaign
Writing his popular Sharpe novels about the Peninsular War, Bernard Cornwell drew on these memoirs more than any other first-hand accounts. '[Schaumann] had an eye for detail and an enthusiasm for campaign life that makes him the most immediate of all the war's chroniclers', Cornwell writes in his foreword to this edition.
Foreign Units in the French Army Under the Consulate and Empire, 1799 to 1814
Non-French mercenaries formed a crucial part of Napoleon's Grande Armée. This comprehensive study examines each foreign unit in turn, giving an overview of its origins, organizational and combat history, uniforms and standards, and eventual fate. Eyewitness accounts from contemporary sources and memoirs illustrate what life was like for soldiers the of the predominantly Polish, German, Swiss, Italian, Spanish, and other units.
March of Death
Sir John Moore's Retreat to Corunna, 1808–1809
In the freezing winter of 1808, a small British force found itself outnumbered and outmanoeuvred by Napoleon’s army. The only escape route for the British, commanded by Sir John Moore, was through the snow and ice of northern Spain, constantly pursued by the French. This account of their march recalls the desperation of the often barefoot and starving soldiers.
The Plot to Blow Up Bonaparte
On Christmas Eve 1800 a bomb exploded on a crowded Paris street, killing several people and injuring many more. Its intended victim, Napoleon, escaped unharmed. Using first-hand accounts, trial transcripts and archival material, this book explains the background to the assassination attempt, profiles its royalist perpetrators, recreates the event, and follows the criminal investigation into this early terrorist attack.
The Invisible Emperor
Napoleon on Elba from Exile to Escape
Mark Braude tells the story of Napoleon's first exile, from his downfall and failed suicide attempt to his return to power in France. He focuses on the emperor’s irrepressible character, revealed through extensive reforms of his tiny realm, establishing courts, a theatre, drainage systems and new crops, and the build-up to his return to power and the Battle of Waterloo.
With the Guns in the Peninsula
The Peninsular War Journal of Captain William Webber, Royal Artillery
This first-hand account of the Peninsular War covers the 1812 advance to Aranjuez, the winter retreat and the 1813 campaign that pushed the French back across the Ebro. As well as giving an insight into the military operations, the book includes personal observations of the countryside, customs and people, and an overview of the career of Captain Webber, who was wounded at Waterloo.
Voices from the Peninsula
Eyewitness Accounts by Soldiers of Wellington's Army, 1808–1814
Between 1808, when British troops landed in Portugal, and 1814 when their advance into France hastened Napoleon’s downfall, the Peninsular War involved numerous battles and sieges. Drawing on letters, diaries and memoirs, this book presents a chronological account of the campaign in the words of the men who fought in it. Six maps illustrate key engagements, including Talavera and Salamanca.
Memoirs of a French Napoleonic Officer
Jean-Baptiste Barrès, Chasseur of the Imperial Guard
Jean-Baptiste Barrès joined Napoleon's Imperial Guard in 1804 and was present at notable events such as the emperor’s coronations in Paris and Rome, the torchlight procession on the eve of Austerlitz, and the meeting of the two Emperors at Tilsit. His memoir modestly recounts such experiences and gives an insight into the everyday life of a Napoleonic soldier who saw conflict in numerous military engagements.
In the Legions of Napoleon
The Memoirs of a Polish Officer in Spain and Russia 1808–1813
Heinrich von Brandt was an intrepid young Polish soldier who fought for Napoleon from Madrid to Moscow. This memoir describes his career, in which he was severely wounded three times, and experienced the siege of Saragossa, Spanish guerrilla warfare, the crossing of the Niemen and the retreat from Moscow, and gives a direct insight into the minds of the soldiers involved in such gruelling engagements.
The Forgotten War Against Napoleon
Conflict in the Mediterranean, 1793–1815
From the blockade and siege of Toulon in 1793, in which Bonaparte first made his name, to his escape from Elba in 1815, naval operations in the Mediterranean were a critical aspect of the Napoleonic Wars. Drawing on an array of primary sources, this study describes the ebbs and flows of the 20-year conflict that included the set-piece battles of the Nile and Lissa and brought to prominence Horatio Nelson.
The Campaign of Waterloo
The Classic Account of Napoleon's Last Battles
First published as part of Fortescue’s A History of the British Army in 1920, this classic account is presented here as a single volume. Illustrated with maps and battle plans, it details the tactics deployed by both sides in every engagement from Napoleon’s escape from Elba in March 1815 to his final defeat at Waterloo in June.
Wellington's Men Remembered
A Register of Memorials to Soldiers Who Fought in the Peninsular War and at Waterloo 1808–1815 | Volume 2 M–Z
This is the second of two volumes which together form a record of memorials to more than 3,150 British and Allied soldiers of Waterloo and the Peninsular War. Each entry provides the full inscription on the stone or tablet, information on its location, and the rank, regiment, honours and service record of the man commemorated. Separate sections cover battlefield and regimental memorials and the accompanying CD Rom contains photographs of many of the memorials.
In Napoleon's Shadow
The Memoirs of Louis-Joseph Marchand, Valet and Friend to the Emperor 1811–1821
Louis-Joseph Marchand was Napoleon Bonaparte’s valet from 1811, remaining in his service throughout the failed Russian invasion, his abdication, his exile to Elba, defeat at Waterloo and his death on St Helena in 1821. His personal account of the Emperor, whose reputation he defended for decades after his death, is the heartfelt memoir of a long-term friend and offers an insight into Napoleon’s private temperament and personality.
The War in the Peninsula
And Recollections of the Storming of the Castle of Badajos
These are two classic accounts of the Peninsular War, one by a young Lieutenant who saw action in major battles; the other is a graphic description of the storming of Badajos by a captain who guided the 50th Regiment’s 3rd division during the assault.
By Fire and Bayonet
Grey's West Indies Campaign of 1794
In 1794 during the war against Revolutionary France, the first Earl Grey led a Caribbean campaign to capture Martinique and Guadalope. Supported by maps and illustrations, this book demonstrates that although the campaign ultimately failed, the unorthodox tactics that were deployed showed a flexibility that would influence several notable subalterns who went on to success in Wellington's Peninsular army and Royal Artillery and, in the case of Richard Fletcher, the Royal Engineers.
With Napoleon's Guns
The Military Memoirs of an Officer of the First Empire
Colonel Jean-Nicolas-Auguste Noël was appointed to the command of Napoleon’s highly mobile trains d’artillerie during the invasion of Russia in 1812. Altogether he served the Emperor for over two decades and his memoirs record both his own service, including the retreat from Moscow and the Battle of Leipzig, and the rise and fall of the First Empire. Edited, translated and introduced by Rosemary Brindle.
The Life of Henry Percy, Peninsular Soldier and French Prisoner of War
Before bringing news of victory at Waterloo to London, Henry Percy had fought in Sicily, Egypt, Spain and Portugal. Archive sources, including his own journal, inform this detailed account of his eventful career, including his time as a PoW, when a Frenchwoman bore him a child.
Triumphs and Disasters
Eyewitness Accounts of the Netherlands Campaign, 1813–1814
While overshadowed by the fighting in France and Germany, the British campaign against Napoleon’s forces in Holland was an important precursor of Waterloo. This collection of official reports, letters and soldiers’ diaries offers eyewitness accounts of the main engagements, including the defeat at Bergen op Zoom.
1809: Thunder on the Danube
Napoleon's Defeat of the Habsburgs, Volume II
Volume II takes up the story with the march on Vienna and, after the fall of the Habsburg city, goes on to Napoleon’s first repulse at the Battle of Aspern-Essling. It also looks across the Alps to events in Italy, and Eugene de Beauharnais’ counter-offensive.This volume is part of John Gill’s epic three-part history of the Franco-Austrian War of 1809 and that watershed year in the military history of the Napoleonic Wars. Each volume includes a preface or prologue, extensive appendices containing the orders of battle and notes, and an index.
The Seasick Admiral
Nelson and the Health of the Navy
Nelson never enjoyed robust health, and was even seasick when he first set sail. As this book demonstrates, it was his experience of illness and the serious injuries he suffered that made him uniquely aware of the importance of health and fitness to the Navy, using his fame and influence to improve the welfare of his men through better diet, shipboard hygiene, more modern surgical practices and greater attention to convalescence and aftercare.
Napoleon and the Archduke Charles
A History of the Franco-Austrian Campaign in the Valley of the Danube 1809
First published in 1909 and still held in high esteem, Petre’s history gives a full account of the clash of Napoleon and his most formidable continental opponent, the Archduke Charles of Austria. The book follows the hard-fought Franco-Austrian Campaign in the valley of the Danube up to its culmination in the Battle of Wagram in 1809.
Memoirs of Baron Von Müffling
A Prussian Officer in the Napoleonic Wars
Baron Carl von Müffling was General Blücher’s liaison officer at Wellington’s headquarters during the Waterloo campaign and, as such, one of the architects of the final victory over Napoleon. His memoirs are a primary source for the Napoleonic Wars, spanning a distinguished career from the Battle of Jena in 1806 to his diplomatic role at the Congress of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1818. Introduction by Peter Hofschröer (1997).
In the Peninsula with a French Hussar
Memoirs of the War of the French in Spain
A junior officer in Napoleon’s 2nd Regiment of Hussars, Albert Jean Michel de Rocca served in the Peninsular War from the march on Madrid, through the Battle of Medellin and various skirmishes, until he was wounded in a guerrilla ambush near Ronda in 1810. Introduced by Philip Haythornthwaite, de Rocca’s account describes the hostility in Spain and the fighting in uncompromising detail.
Napoleon and the Destruction of the Third Coalition
Robert Goetz tells the story of ‘the beginning of the Napoleon of history and the Grande Armée of legend’ – the 1805 campaign that culminated in the Battle of Austerlitz. In a meticulously detailed account, Goetz traces events from the formation of Britain, Russia and Prussia’s coalition to Austerlitz and the aftermath of Napoleon’s victory. First published in 2005.
British Battles of the Napoleonic Wars 1807–1815
Despatches from the Front
Engaged in various theatres around the world, Britain was expanding its influence in the early years of the 19th century, having achieved dominance at sea after the Battle of Trafalgar. This collection of the original despatches from commanders in the immediate aftermath of engagements includes several from Wellington during his campaigns in Portugal and Spain, and from Waterloo, as well as accounts of the attacks on Copenhagen, Spanish territories in South America, the Dardanelles and Mauritius.
The News from Waterloo
The Race to Tell Britain of Wellington's Victory
It took three days for the outcome of the battle of Waterloo to reach London. Described by Sir Tony Robinson as 'a fascinating eye-opener', this book draws on untapped records to reveal the story of how the momentous news was brought from the battlefield via feverish horseback journeys, a Channel crossing delayed by falling tides and a flat calm, and the final dash by coach-and-four from the Kent coast to a grand soirée in St James's Square.
From Corunna to Waterloo
The Letters and Journals of Two Napoleonic Hussars, 1801–1816
Major Edwin Griffith and his nephew Captain Frederick Philips served in the 15th (King's) Hussars during the Napoleonic Wars and both kept journals of their experiences and regularly wrote letters home. Often serving in separate wings of the regiment, their observations cover different actions, the contemporary accounts describing home service on policing duties as well as the campaign with Wellington through Portugal, Spain and southern France from 1813 up to Waterloo in 1815.
Eyewitness to the Peninsular War and the Battle of Waterloo
One of the distinguished Stanhopes of Chevening, James Stanhope’s military service took him to the Peninsular War where, between 1809 and 1813, he witnessed and recorded several battles, including Corunna and Barossa. At Waterloo he fought on the ridge while under attack from Napoleon’s cavalry. This collection of letters and journals, skilfully contextualized by editor Gareth Glover, offers fascinating insights and detailed descriptions of conversations, conditions and events during the Napoleonic Wars.
The Battle of Barrosa, 1811
Forgotten Battle of the Peninsular War
With most of Spain overrun by Napoleon’s forces, the Spanish government remained free, but forced to find refuge in the fortress-port of Cádiz, assisted by British warships and troops under the command of Sir Thomas Graham. This study describes the ‘forgotten battle’ when, urged by the Spanish Junta, and with everything to lose, an Anglo-Spanish force met the besieging French army on the heights of Barossa.
Through Spain with Wellington
The Letters of Lieutenant Peter Le Mesurier of the 'Fighting Ninth'
From 1808, when he joined the 9th Foot as an ensign, until the eve of his death in battle shortly before the end of the Peninsular War, Peter Le Mesurier kept up an extensive correspondence with his family, giving a wry officer’s-eye view of Moore and Wellington’s campaigns against Napoleon. These letters have been freshly transcribed and are now published for the first time, with a connecting narrative giving background information and commentary on the episodes described.
The Burning of Moscow
Napoleon's Trial by Fire 1812
As soon as the French troops entered a deserted Moscow in September 1812, a fire broke out that destroyed two thirds of the city and ultimately forced Napoleon to embark on the disastrous winter retreat that routed his army. Drawing on French, German, Polish and Russian archives and eyewitness accounts, Mikaberidze examines this pivotal event from Russian and French points of view, exploring the Russians’ motives for the conflagration and assessing its consequences.
British Battles of the Napoleonic Wars 1793–1806
Despatches from the Front
The Napoleonic Wars were fought as far afield as South America and the Caribbean as well as in Europe, and in line with British military procedure every action was reported to the Admiralty or War Office in an official dispatch. This book collects these original communiqués from over 50 battles, up to 1806, including Nelson's victories at Trafalgar and the Nile and the first encounter with Napoleon Bonaparte himself, as a young captain, at the Siege of Toulon in 1793.
The End of Glory
Illuminating the question of why Napoleon chose to gamble on total victory at the risk of utter defeat, this study focuses on the dramatic two years between the retreat from Moscow in 1812 and the Emperor's abdication in 1814. Price shifts away from the usual emphasis on Waterloo, to the conflicts of 1813; he examines the battle of Leipzig in particular; and explores the reasons why Napoleon rejected the offers of a compromise peace extended to him during that year.
The Scandalous Destruction of a British Army
Attempting to open up another front against Napoleon, Britain sent a force of 40,000 men and 600 ships to the Dutch coast at Walcheren in 1809. Although 4,000 men were lost in the debacle, few of them were casualties of any fighting but rather a mysterious disease that became known as Walcheren Fever. A Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Pathologists, author Martin Howard applies medical as well as historical analysis to this account of the campaign.
Waterloo Voices 1815
The Battle at First Hand
'The enemy fired round shot, and shell – grape and canister – and new horse nails, tied up in bundles, nine bundles in a gun... unlawful carnage.' This report from 'a sergeant of the Guards' gives a vivid insight into the brutality of the pivotal battle that raged in a field near Brussels on 18 June 1815. This collection of eyewitness testimony includes letters, diaries and published accounts from participants on all sides, from ordinary soldiers to Wellington and Napoleon.
Russian Eyewitness Accounts of the Campaign of 1814
Russia played a decisive role in the fighting that overthrew Napoleon in 1814, but its perspective on the campaign has been largely overlooked in the West because of the lack of translated sources. This book fills the gap, presenting the letters, memoirs and diaries of Russian participants, from generals to ordinary soldiers. These first-hand accounts, never before published in English, offer a fresh and richly human insight into an event that changed the course of history.
Russian Eyewitness Accounts of the Campaign of 1812
Napoleon's campaign in Russia in 1812 has received much attention from Western historians but few Russian personal accounts have been available in English. Through a series of newly translated memoirs, letters and diaries, this volume gives an insight into the thoughts of the Russian leadership and the ordinary soldier from the initial retreat and battles at Smolensk, Borodino, and Maloyaroslavets to the last weeks when a lack of supplies fatally exposed Napoleon's forces to the hardships of the Russian winter.
The Battle that Brought Down Napoleon
In a concise reinterpretation of one of history's most argued-over battles, the eminent military historian Jeremy Black uses Waterloo and its aftermath to discuss the changing nature of warfare, the rise and fall of Napoleon's empire, and the effects of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars on Europe and on Britain's role in the world during the 19th century.
Napoleon and Betsy
Recollections of Napoleon on St Helena
Imprisoned on the remote Atlantic island of St Helena, the fallen emperor Napoleon Bonaparte made an unlikely friend: the impudent, spirited 13-year-old daughter of a British naval officer. Over regular visits, Lucia Elizabeth Abell, known as Betsy, helped him to learn English, amused him with anecdotes and stories, and diverted him from his sombre thoughts. Her touching account of their friendship, published some 20 years later, is reprinted here with a biographical introduction and 32 pages of colour plates. slightly off-mint.