Eyewitness Waterloo 1815
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Amberley (July 19, 2015)
This morning I went to visit the field of battle … but on arrival there the sight was too horrible to behold. I felt sick in the stomach and was obliged to return. The multitude of carcases, the heaps of wounded men with mangled limbs unable to move, and perishing from not having their wounds dressed or from hunger … formed a spectacle I shall never forget.
– Major W. E. Frye
The Battle of Waterloo brought to an end two decades of war in Europe. It had been a draining conflict financially and in terms of human life, and had threatened the very sovereignty of numerous nations.
The tale of the battle has been told many times, but usually in terms of the political and military situation, debates over strategies, tactics and so on. In this book, the story is told by those who were present, in their own words. The accounts come from letters, diaries and contemporary newspaper reports: the eyewitness testimonies of officers and ordinary soldiers, friend and foe. This is how it felt to be there.