Prelude to Waterloo Quatre Bras: The French Perspective

Prelude to Waterloo Quatre Bras The French Perspective The Battle of Quatre Bras was critical to the outcome of the Waterloo campaign to the victory of the allied armies of Wellington and Blucher the defeat of the French and the fall of Napoleon But it h

  • Title: Prelude to Waterloo Quatre Bras: The French Perspective
  • Author: Andrew W. Field
  • ISBN: 9781783463848
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Battle of Quatre Bras was critical to the outcome of the Waterloo campaign to the victory of the allied armies of Wellington and Blucher, the defeat of the French and the fall of Napoleon But it has been overshadowed by the two larger scale engagements at Ligny and at Waterloo itself And too often the clash at Quatre Bras has been seen mainly through the eyes of thThe Battle of Quatre Bras was critical to the outcome of the Waterloo campaign to the victory of the allied armies of Wellington and Blucher, the defeat of the French and the fall of Napoleon But it has been overshadowed by the two larger scale engagements at Ligny and at Waterloo itself And too often the clash at Quatre Bras has been seen mainly through the eyes of the British and their allies the viewpoint of the French has been neglected It is this weakness in the history of the battle that Andrew Field focuses on in this original and highly readable new study Drawing on French eyewitness recollections and later commentary, he reconstructs the French experience of the battle and the French interpretation of it He quotes extensively, and subjects to critical analysis, the conflicting accounts written by Napoleon and his subordinates as they sought justify their decisions and actions at this pivotal moment in the campaign.

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    1. WhilstThe author repeats at nausea, again and again each subject to make sure we, poor mortals, finally understands.He used the word "whilst" up to 3 times in one page and even in one sentence.!!! Ney failure to concentrate or understand is stated also every other page I did not learn anything from this frustrating account "from the French side" except that the allied army was destroyed, cut down, massacred, slaughtered so many times that I wonder how the French lost with so many victories.

    2. Having read Field's book on Waterloo, I decided to also read his take on Quatre Bras, which occurred two days before the great battle of June 18, 1815. Quatre Bras was certainly smaller in scale since it concerned only the French left wing under Marshal Ney and elements of the Allied army, but it is no less interesting because of its importance in conjunction with the other battle fought that day at Ligny.After reading this book, I discovered some facts that previously escaped me, in particular [...]

    3. Like Field's earlier Waterloo: The French Perspective, this book looks at the fighting around Quatre Bras (2 days before Waterloo) from the perspective of the French. Unlike the earlier book, there are far fewer first-person accounts of this battle -- Waterloo's deep shadow? In terms of strategy, though, the French fight against the allied army at Quatre Bras and their simultaneous battle against the Prussians at Ligny were critical, and I now see far better why.As well as the excerpts from memo [...]

    4. Military history at its bestThis book is an engaging s study of decisions and results of action and, critically, lost opportunities, making the desperate battle of Waterloo unavoidable. The perspective of the participants cannot be known for certain, as the author makes clear. Fields shows an army rife with desperation, looking over their shoulder, and lacking crucial elements and leaders, such as Murat and Davout, and relying on such as Ney who instead performed as he had in previous battles (s [...]

    5. I've not read anything about the battle of Quatre Bras before, and there lays the problem this book is really needs a good understanding to get the most from it. If I'd read anything before I'd given it 3 stars and if I was recommending it to a student of the napoleonic wars, 4 stars.In all, don't start here. :-)

    6. Square BrasThis is a very detailed description of the battle with a good review on it the only thing I didn't like was no maps of the troop movements

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