Saturday 17th June Saw The Retreat Of The Duke Of Wellington S Forces From Their Positions At Quatre Bras And Nivelles Their Prussian Allies Had Lost The Battle Of Ligny The Previous Day, But Were Not Beaten Both Armies Marched Further North To Concentrate Once At New Positions South Of Brussels Feldmarshall Bl Cher Led His Men To Wavre, While The Duke Of Wellington Had His Army Take Up Positions At A Small Hamlet Named Mont St Jean And South Of The Town Of Halle Here The Armies Would Await Napoleon S Forces And If Possible Beat The French Arm E Du Nord In A Joint Battle The Following Sunday 18th June This Battle Was Indeed Fought On The Plains Of Mont St Jean, South Of The Village Of Waterloo In A Struggle That Lasted From Noon Until The Evening Napoleon And His Forces Were Completely Beaten And Routed From The Battlefield This Volume Deals With The Specific Role Of The Netherlands Field Army On Both Days Of 17th And 18th June.In Great Detail The Endeavours, Events And The Hard Fighting Of Its Infantry, Cavalry And Artillery Are Described All This Is Based On Dozens Of Memoirs By Veteran Soldiers From Holland, Belgium And Nassau Serving Together In The Netherlands Field Army Their Own Words Lavishly Illustrate And Enliven The Text The History Presented In This Volume Adds To The Knowledge On The 1815 Campaign And The Battle Of Waterloo, And Change The Perception On The Netherlands Field Army Its Men Fought Brave, Showed Courage And Ultimately Firmly Stood Their Ground.In Various Chapters This History Amongst Other Shows The Important Role Of Prince Frederik S Army Corps In The Preconceived Position South Of Halle, While The Troops At Waterloo Were Engaged In Battle Under The Command Of Wellington And The Prince Of Orange Sappers Cleared The Road Behind The Battlefield To Ensure A Steady Flow Of Reserve Ammunition From Brussels The Infantry Brigade Of General Van Bijlandt Was Already In Cover Behind The Reverse Slope, Well Before The French Grand Battery Opened Fire And Comte D Erlon S Army Corps Attacked The Position Throughout The Entire Battle The Nassau Battalion Commanded By Captain B Sgen Formed A Vital Part Of The Defence Force Of Hougoumont The Light Cavalry Of General Ghigny Made Several Charges On The Left Wing, After The British Cavalry Regiments Were Thrown Back In Disorder Colonel Von Sachsen Weimar S Nassau Soldiers Fought A Skirmish Battle For The Farms Of Papelotte And La Haye And The Smohain Hamlet, That Changed Hands During The Battle The Exact Circumstances How The Prince Of Orange Was Wounded Are Presented And Finally The Role Of General Chass And His Troops Is Presented In The Final Stages Of The Battle, When The Garde Imp Riale Attacks Chass S Men Were Not Directly Involved, But Nonetheless Immediately Took Part In The Pursuit At The End Of The Battle.In Several Sidebars This History Also Examines That Could Not Be Incorporated In The Main Narrative, But Are Nonetheless Worthwhile To Present These Include The Death Of General Van Merlen, How A Single Lieutenant Recaptured Charleroi On 19th June, Who Escorted The Thousands Of French Prisoners To Brussels During The Battle, Whether Or Not Napoleon Used The Observatory Tower, And Much.
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- 240 pages
- Standing firm at Waterloo
- Erwin Muilwijk
- 22 January 2017 Erwin Muilwijk