The forces commanded by the Duke of Wellington at Quatre-Bras and Waterloo included two infantry divisions and three cavalry brigades of the newly unified ('Dutch-Belgian') army of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, mostly led by veteran officers who had served under Napoleon. The part played by these troops - particularly in holding the vital crossroads of Quatre-Bras, at the insistence of their own commanders - has often been unjustly dismissed by British commentators. In this book the history, organisation, uniforms and battle record of the Dutch units of this army are explained and illustrated in detail by two experienced researchers in Continental archives, and illustrated with many rare portraits as well as meticulous colour plates.
The French-occupied Low Countries in 1813-14 The Dutch national insurrection, 1813 The liberation of Holland, 1813-14 The raising of the volunteer corps The Dutch-Belgian Army, 1814 organisation, uniforms The Dutch-Belgian Army, 1815 organisation and uniforms The Dutch units at Quatre Bras and Waterloo Siborne's slanders & the documentary record Bibliography Colour plate commentary.
Ronald Pawly, born in Antwerp, Belgium, and still living and working in that city, is a member of several Napoleonic societies and an expert on 19th century military portraiture. He is the author of the monumental The Red Lancers: Anatomy of a Napoleonic Regiment (Crowood Press, 1998), and a contributor to two major French reference works, Répertoire Mondiale des Souvenirs Napoléoniens and Dictionnaire des Colonels de Napoléon. He has previously written MAA 355, Wellington's Belgian Allies 1815.Patrice Courcelle was born in northern France in 1950 and has been a professional illustrator for some 20 years. Entirely self-taught, he has illustrated many books and magazine articles for Continental publishers, and his work hangs in a number of public and private collections. His other enthusiasms include music, from Clapton and the blues to Mahler, and cooking. Patrice lives a few miles from the battlefield of Waterloo with his wife and son.