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An Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer
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Jul 02, 2007

it was amazing

This was possibly Georgette Heyer's greatest book. Her research into the battle of Waterloo was so detailed and accurate that it is on the recommended reading list for officer cadets at Sandhurst. Even if you're not into battles (and you can easily skip these sections) there's plenty more here, not just the usual love story but an amazing telling of how the citizens of the town coped with the influx of wounded, the fear, the honourable and dishonourable behaviour of people in a war zone. When Wellington says 'Do not congratulate me, for I have lost my dearest friends', you really feel for him amid the terrible carnage caused by Bonaparte's lust for power.
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