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On Waterloo: Clausewitz, Wellington, and the Campaign of 1815

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This book at last makes available in English a penetrating exchange between two of history's most famous soldiers concerning the dramatic events of the Waterloo campaign of 1815. The Duke of Wellington is one of the greatest military commanders in British history; General Carl von Clausewitz is widely regarded as the greatest military thinker in the history of Western civi ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published July 30th 2007)
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Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was an extremely interesting look at the Battle of Waterloo from the perspective of Clausewitz, who was a staff officer with the Prussian army during the battle. The counter point is provided by the Duke of Wellington, and the contrasting views were of additional interest based on how the battle was viewed at different levels. Even with these two views, the whole of the battle can only be partly understood. It is clear in Clausewitz' narrative that he is using this narrative as an attempt t ...more
Russell Phillips
Jun 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the Napoleonic wars, particularly the 100 days campaign
Clausewitz doesn't appear to be particularly biased, though Wellington does seem to dislike any hint of criticism. Where possible, Clausewitz gives evidence for his conclusions, though in some cases he has to guess at what a commander intended. He always makes it clear where his conclusions are the result of studying evidence, and where he has had to guess at intentions. Quite often, particularly when dealing with the movements of the French, there are contradictory accounts, and Clausewitz make ...more
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Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding. The additional selections presented by the editors do an excellent job of placing Clausewitz's analysis of the campaign and Wellington's response in their necessary context. My one exceedingly minor gripe is that Pedlow's concluding chapter feels somewhat out of synch with the rest of the book, focused as it is on historiographic debate over the timing of various orders and decisions. It strikes me as an oddly discordant tack-on to a book that would have been fantastically concluded ...more
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Carl Philipp Gottlieb von Clausewitz was a Prussian soldier, military historian and military theorist. He is most famous for his military treatise Vom Kriege, translated into English as On War.

Clausewitz has served in the Rhine campaign (1793–1794), when the Prussian army invaded France during the French revolution and in the Napoleonic Wars from 1806 to 1815.

Clausewitz helped negotiate the Conven
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