The Prussian Army of the Lower Rhine 1815

The Prussian Army of the Lower Rhine 1815

Men-at-Arms 496
  • Author: Peter Hofschröer
  • Illustrator: Gerry Embleton
  • Short code: MAA 496
  • Publication Date: 20 Oct 2014
  • Number of Pages: 48
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The Prussian Army of the Lower Rhine, led by Blücher in 1815, played a crucial part in the Allied victory at Waterloo, and was involved in intense fighting at Wavre and Ligny. Delving into original sources, including eyewitness accounts and regimental histories known only to German scholars, this book tells the story of the soldiers on the ground: how they were organised and drilled, their previous service; their march to the battlefield; and what they did when they got there. Also ideal for all those interested in the actual appearance of the Prussian soldiers in 1815, this colourful study combines the latest findings and expert analysis to cast new light on the fateful Waterloo campaign.

Biographical Note

Peter Hofschröer is a qualified historian and linguist specializing in the Napoleonic Wars. His two volume work 1815: The Waterloo Campaign received the 1999 Napoleonic Society of America Literary Award. He is a well-known contributor to various academic and hobby magazines, is a fellow of the International Napoleonic Society and has been twice awarded the Bismarck Memorial Medal. His previous works for Osprey include Campaign 25: Leipzig 1813. Gerry Embleton has been a leading illustrator and researcher of historical costume since the 1970s, and has illustrated and written Osprey titles on a wide range of subjects for more than 20 years. He is an internationally respected authority on 15th and 18th century costumes in particular.


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
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