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Waterloo Companion

4.55  ·  Rating Details ·  83 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Considered the definitive resource on the infamous battle of Waterloo in Belgium in 1815, this beautifully illustrated and meticulously researched tome provides intricate details of one of history's most decisive military eventswhich led to the end of Napoleon Bonaparte's formidable rule as the Emperor of France. Replete with numerous diagrams, color photographs, and illu
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published August 23rd 2001 by Aurum Press (first published 2001)
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James Mace
Aug 21, 2012 James Mace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is THE guidebook to the Waterloo Campaign. Those with a military background will appreciate the sheer level of detail given, not just to the tactics and strategy, but also right down to the uniforms and equipment used by all sides. It also tackles a number of myths that have persisted ever since the last shot was fired. I also appreciated the sections showing pictures and lengthy descriptions of the numerous monuments that cover the landscape.

As an author who is writing a novel about the ca
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Matt
Nov 10, 2016 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-history
An excellent reference work.
Chuck
Jul 12, 2010 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent coverage of the Battle of Waterloo. The author goes into great detail about every facet of the Battle. He even provides current pictures of the battlefield with probable positions of the units overlayed on them.

I greatly appreciated his detailed coverage on a number of other topics. The Prussian attacks on the French right flank, with assessments of the tactics of both French and Prussians and well as the effect the attacks had on the French. was something that I had rarely seen in En
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Conrad Kinch
Apr 21, 2015 Conrad Kinch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book represents a massive work of scholarship on the battle of Waterloo, collecting an extraordinary amount of detail. Not a work for the beginner, this large hardback is really more for the hardened Waterloo buff. But it's got just about everything maps, pen portraits of the commanders down to the divisional level, information on organisation, tactics, formations and contraversies surrounding the battle.

I'd start with another book just to get your bearings (I'd recommend Jac Weller), but
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Rich
Apr 22, 2012 Rich rated it it was amazing
Adkin's Waterloo Companion is an amazing tour de force of meticulous research combined with clarity of presentation. I don't know how many times I've went back to this book and I always seem to find something new & interesting that catches my attention. An essential resource for someone wishing to research the climactic finale of Napoleon's long and storied career as the greatest military captain of his age.
Luke O'Neill
Jan 07, 2012 Luke O'Neill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly indepth but still place for Adkins personal views. Love the inclusions of tiny details such as the way the spirits provided to troops were watered down! Loved Adkin's other Napoleonic work on Trafalgar too. I'm going to the battle field soon and will be taking this book with me (even if it is massive)!
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Mark Adkin became a professional soldier in 1956. After leaving the British Army he was one of the last British District officers (in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands) and as the Caribbean Operations Staff Officer he participated in the US invasion of Grenada in 1983. He has written several books on military subjects, including Urgent Fury, Goose Green, Prisoner of the Turnip Heads and The Charge.
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