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  • Waterloo: The Campaign of 1815

  • From Elba to Ligny and Quatre Bras Volume I
  • By: John Hussey
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 34 hrs and 6 mins
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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The first of two ground-breaking volumes on the Waterloo campaign, this audiobook is based upon a detailed analysis of sources old and new in four languages. It highlights the political stresses between the Allies, the problems of feeding and paying for the Allied forces assembling in Belgium during the undeclared war and how a strategy was thrashed out. 

It studies the neglected topic of how the Allies beyond the Rhine hampered the plans of Blücher and Wellington, thus allowing Napoleon to snatch the initiative from them. Napoleon's operational plan is likewise analysed and the way in which Soult misinterpreted it and accounts from both sides help provide a vivid impression of the fighting on the first day, 15 June. This volume ends with the joint battles of Ligny and Quatre Bras the next day.

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Wellingtonian Wars

Well presented and researched however the author can't see past the Wellington's greatness so much so I was left wondering why the period was not called the Wellingtonian Wars. Blucher and especially Gneisenau get short shift and it is a wonder how two such incompetents could even be allowed to pour the schnapps at a general staff meeting. A large part of this book is devoted to justifying Wellington's inaction and failure to plan so much so you get the impression that Wellingtons failure to support Blucher was a stroke of genius.

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Provides great detail, engaging narration

The Hundred Days Campaign has always been a significant area of interest for me. Hussey's book covers the prelude to the campaign in great detail, and an excellent overview of the logistics required by both sides. If you're going to get one Napoleonic audiobook from Audible, get this one! I cannot wait for the next installment to be released. Come on Audible! Hurry up!!!

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  • Alex Horgan
  • 04-08-20

All-round excellent piece of history.

This must be the definitive work for the 100 Days Campaign. The book is highly detailed whilst still retaining a good flow that keeps it from becoming too dry. Excellent performance from the narrator.

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  • Michael S Healy
  • 02-06-20

can't wait for vol 2!!!!

I can't wait for vol 2!!!! Extremely fascinating detail about the strategic side of the Waterloo campaign. The author dispels numerous myths passed down as fact.

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