For those interested in the actual appearance of the Prussian soldiers who fought at Ligny, Wavre and Waterloo in 1815, this colorful study combines the latest findings and expert analysis to cast new light on the fateful Waterloo campaign.
The Prussian Army of the Lower Rhine, led by Generalfeldmarschall Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher in 1815, played a - possibly the - vital part in the Allied victory at Waterloo, forcing Napoleon to divide his forces when Blücher's leading elements arrived to offer Wellington crucial support at a time when his Anglo-Netherlands army was doing no more than holding its own on the defensive. During this campaign Blücher's army presented an enormously diverse appearance, since its units had been issued clothing and equipment from many sources, and many of them were still wearing the distinctly hard-worn kit they had been issued over two years before at the start of the 1813 Wars of Liberation.
Written by a leading authority, this book delves deeply into original sources - including eyewitness accounts, and regimental histories known only to German scholars - to recreate the actual appearance of specific units, rather than simply copying generic uniform regulations. The text details who the men that served in these units were, how they were organised and drilled, and their previous service; what specific elements of the army looked like in 1815; their march to the battlefield; and what they did when they got there.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Germany in 1814 – Prussia's acquisitions at the Congress of Vienna – the German states of the new Confederation /Preparations for war – Napoleon's return from Elba – formation of the Army of the Lower Rhine – the North German Army Corps /The army at the outbreak of hostilities – the men, their background, their motivation, their leaders /Uniforms and equipment – detailed descriptions from regimental sources /Drill and training – how the 1815 Regulations were amended for the reorganised army – the non-Prussian contingents /The army in battle – selected excerpts from after-action reports /Bibliography /Plate commentaries /Index