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Armies at Waterloo: A Detailed Analysis of the Armies That Fought History's Greatest Battle Hardcover – June, 1983

ISBN-13: 978-0913037027 ISBN-10: 0913037028 Edition: 1983 no other dates

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  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Empire Game Pr; 1983 no other dates edition (June 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0913037028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913037027
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,795,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharpe1812 on July 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Let me be upfront: This will not be a definitive review of this book.

Bowden's work is for those who care deeply about the Order of Battle for the three armies that fought at the great Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815, as well as for the overall force structures that participated in this much studied campaign. Thus, one can find the unit strengths, unit designations, and even officer names of Napoleon's Army of the North, Wellington's Anglo-Allied Army, and Blucher's (sp?) Army of the Rhine (I hope that my memory got this army designation right). Each infantry unit is presented as regiments/battalions, cavalry regiments, and artillery batteries.

In some cases, unit notes are supplied giving some reference to specific actions within the campaign, nicknames, or historical background or battle honors during the Napoleonic Wars (especially the French).

Besides data and factoids, Bowden does give an overview of each army, so there is some text besides lists of each army's units. (Here, I think that Bowden is at his most interesting and provocative. For example, he gives his take on the leaders that Napoleon had available to him by which he could "staff" his army. Tone of these sections will feel to some observers as pro-French though this should not distract someone from purchasing this work albeit for the right reasons. See below.)

Besides a lot of documentation for his information, Bowden includes a few pages of thoughts on how to "war game" the great battles of this historic campaign. Book includes some extraordinary maps displaying combatants' positions for Waterloo as well as the other well-known battles of this campaign: Ligny, Quatres Bras, and Wavre.
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