Of all the publications currently being publsihed in advance of the Waterloo bicentennial, our Waterloo publication "Standing firm at Waterloo" is the one you need. Especially as it reveals all you ever wanted to know about those darn Dutch-Belgians and their Nassau comrades.
"Standing firm at Waterloo" is filled with an enormous amount of private accounts from veteran officers and soldiers serving in the Netherlands field army. The detailed descriptions of events is stunning. Never before was there a series of books that really contributed a new and additional vantage point on the 1815 campaign and that famous Battle of Waterloo!
You simply can't afford to miss this publication.
Mind you, the artwork inside is simply incredible. No other book provides so many new depictions of battle scenes, such as that by the famous Dutch military artist Hoynck van Papendrecht with for example his scene at Hougoumont defended by Nassau soldiers, the great many portraits of Dutch officers, contemporary(!) ink drawings and litographs of the battlefield and its neighbouring surroundings, and moreover the artwok presented in this volume from the world famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Standing firm at Waterloo is packed with new information on all fronts!
The first new publication from Sovereign House Books in February 2015 will be an e-Book describing in the fullest detail possible the action at Frasnes fought on the afternoon of 15 June between the French Red Lancers against just one infantry battalion of Nassau soldiers, supported by Captain Bijleveld's horse battery.
This e-Book will contain additional information to what has already been published in "From mobilisation to war".
Above all, the publication of this e-Book will result in completing our entire collection on the period of mobilisation and other events for 15 June, and shall be accompanied in the texts with new digital maps. All this is completed before June 2015.
During the late afternoon of 17 June the Duke of Wellington chose one brigade from the Netherlands army to guard his extreme left flank on what was to become the Battle of Waterloo the next day. This brigade composed of Nassau soldiers under the command of Colonel von Sachsen-Weimar had already shown its value two days earlier at Quatre Bras.
In Standing firm at Waterloo, our third volume, the tenacity and resilience of these Nassau soldiers in described in great detail as they fought against French troops of General Durutte and all day long denied the French a foothold. This remarkalble struggle, often fought in skirmish formations due to the undulating and broken up terrain by small woods and hedges, ultimately secured the safe connection with the Prussian army and the final defeat of Napoleon. Four Nassau battalions and a tiny group of some 18 volunteer Jägers fought bravely at the farms of Papelotte and La Haye, as well as the hamlet Smohain and the tiny chateau Fichermont.
As I walked the terrain myself for my own research and private battlefield walk in order to research the surroundings and better understand what had happened back then, I took many photographs. Some made it into Volume Three and the ones that did not, I happily share with you here. So walk along with me through the next 10 photos and one map.
A view upon the Papelotte farm taken from the east in a neighbouring hollow road
The map of the fighting area around Papelotte on 18 June 1815 (published in Vol. 3)Read more...