The Campaign of Waterloo: a Military History

By John Codman Ropes

Published by Forgotten Books (2012)

Ropes was an American who broke the tradition of British-authored nationalistic interpretations of the battle. He takes an analytical approach and produces a logically-argued objective interpretation of events. In doing so he attempts to fill the vacuum left by the dearth of reliable French accounts of the battle and so produces a balanced account which sheds interesting new (for the time and often forgotten since) light on the myths that surround the popular narrative e.g. were Maitland’s Guards or Adam’s light infantrymen (particularly the 52nd) the key players in the defeat of the Imperial Guard? Well worth the heavy read.

Review courtesy of Ashley Truluck 

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