Waterloo: The Struggle for Hougoumont (In the words of those who witnessed the events of June 1815)

Waterloo: The Struggle for Hougoumont (In the words of those who witnessed the events of June 1815)

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This highly detailed new book provides a comprehensive account of the fighting at the Château of Hougoumont on Sunday 18th June 1815, by utilising the accounts of the officers and men who fought in the Battle of Waterloo. Drawn predominantly from contemporary manuscript sources, it contains a wealth of previously unpublished material, including significant new information from the French and German archives.

Extensive new research has revealed that the French made a number of incursions into the farm complex, that the allies sustained critical losses during the fighting in the orchard, and that there were repeated attempts in the early evening by the garrison to secure more ammunition.

The authoritative text is supplemented by a series of notes and appendices, and is enhanced by ten colour scenes and full colour contour maps with troop overlays, thereby making the book an essential addition to every Napoleonic collection.


John Franklin is a professional military historian based in Switzerland who specialises in the Napoleonic period, and the Waterloo campaign in particular. A Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society (FINS), and a graduate of the University of Bern, he has been engaged in one of the most comprehensive investigations into the campaign ever undertaken, with the aim of providing a wealth of previously unpublished material. He is the author of acclaimed books of Waterloo correspondence on the Hanoverian and Netherlands armies, and has acted as historical consultant on the BBC Production entitled: Waterloo – The Soldiers’ Stories.

Dimensions: 248 x 172
Binding: hardback
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 60 colour illustrations

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