Napoleon Series Archive 2015

Review-Cornwell's Waterloo Book

"The book is littered with inaccuracies, and while many aspects of history are debatable there are also many undisputed facts, that no one with a serious interest in the battle will find it of value. For example, Cornwell refers to Comte d’Erlon as a Marshal of France, he wasn’t; he refers to the Colonel of the 52nd Light Infantry as ‘Colville’ when it is in fact ‘Colborne’; he states French infantry battalions were made up of eight companies, they had six; and some of the translation from the original French are badly done. He persistently refers to the Prince of Orange as ‘Slender Billy’, which although was the derogatory nickname given to him by the British troops at the time, leads the reader to believe the author is overly bias in his account, rather than the objective historian he should be."

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