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In der Beschr nkung zeigt sich den Meister Brendan Simms has written a beautiful short book on the defence of the La Haye Sainte farm during the Battle of Waterloo Its arrison throughout the day consisted mostly of Germans and Simms adds new life to their story by introducing a lot of new first hand accounts and academic literature The book focuses on the events during the battle but also offers a ood introduction to the King s German Legion #and its role in the long struggle against Napoleon and a very interesting post script on the legacy of Waterloo in #its role in the long struggle against Napoleon and a very interesting post script on the legacy of Waterloo in military history My only and minor uibble is that it overemphasises the importance of the farm to the outcome of the battle but I uess that to justify the writing of the book In the torrent of English language books published leading up to the 200th anniversary it stands out for fresh perspective and research Probably the final account of the struggle for La Haye Sainte from the allied perspective for the foreseeable future Take away iven that all three farms across the allied front La Haye Sainte Hougoumont and Papelotte fell or almost fell due to a
lack of ammunition you wonder why arrangements for supply hadn t been made Didn t the British army of ammunition you wonder why arrangements for supply hadn t been made Didn t the British army this problem in their battles in the Peninsula The first day of Waterloo uattre Bras was a tactical surprise for the Allies Driven back by Napoleon s attack Allied forces fell back in near disorder This short book is a microhistory of the second day s key position one that saved the Allies from losing the larger battle The key position was the large farmstead called Le Haye Saint adjacent to a vital crossroad the Brussels Chartreu Road intersection and four hundred meters in front of the main Allied line Theadvance line was held by a remarkable military unit called the King s German Legion which was part of the British line of battle but which was largely made up of Germans who fought against Napoleon as a symbol of the tyranny that had driven them from their homeland Le Haye Saint itself was held by the four hundred strong 2nd Light BAttalion flanked by the 1st BN by other light infantry and by the 95th Rifles. From the prizewinning author of Europe a riveting account of the heroic Second Light Battalion which held the line at Waterloo defeating Napoleon and changing the course of history In 1815 the deposed emperor Napoleon returned to France and threatened the already devastated and exhausted continent with yet another war Near the small Belgian municipality of Waterloo two large hasti. Onomic and climate change It is worth noting that there were multiple armies advancing into France let alone the Prussian reinforcements simply put I find it hard to see how Napoleon would not have just run out of men sooner rather than later The fighting was brutal a walk into repeated salvos then a bloodsoaked brawl periodically raked by rape shot I found the stories around the fighting interesting The Pleasure-Dome g than the fighting itself For a start it was surprising to find out how many of Wellington s army were German a fact that was not highlighted in my schools version of Waterloo In the aftermath the author follows the lives of those who survived and the extent to which they suffered In short there was a lot to interest theeneral reader This is a fascinating and impeccably researched account of the valiant action at La Haye Sainte The author is incredibly even handed and steers clear of the temptation to lionize the men who held on despite such incredible odds He is likewise careful not to lionize the conflict overall and shows real compassion and intellectual rigor in a field that so often lacks bothSimms has a fiction author s ift for finding story beats and providing a dramatic arc that makes the #reading of a potentially dry monograph and absolute pleasure He understands the focus in fiction as in non #of a potentially dry monograph and absolute pleasure He understands the focus in fiction as in non fiction character and he does his level best with the highly limited source material available for a conflict fought two centuries ago This is the only reason I did not rate this work 5 stars as I did Donovan s A Terrible Glory This is through no fault of the author As Simms is dealing with the Source material available in 1815 and Donovan 1876Definitely worth your time A slim volume you will tear throu This is a nicely done account of the heroic defense by the Second Light Battalion of the King s German Legion of a critical farmstead and road junction during the final day of the Battle of Waterloo The book s cover claims that it is the story of The 400 men who decided the Battle of Waterloo Such claims are almost neve As boring as it is short uick and Fun read about Waterloo Reads a little like a novel Really enjoyed this. Ads on the way to Brussels In The Longest Afternoon Brendan Simms captures the chaos of Waterloo in a minute by minute account that reveals how these 400 odd riflemen successfully beat back wave after wave of French infantry The battalion suffered terrible casualties but their fighting spirit and refusal to retreat ultimately decided the most influential battle in European history.
Brendan Simms È 9 CHARACTERSLike the 95th the 1st and 2nd BNs were amred with Baker rifles just like Sharpe s men in Cornwell s novels and they made the French assaults on their positions very costly Led well the battalion at the farm fought to the last bullet but not to the last man p 126 and retired in order having suffered thirty some killed and nearly a hundred wounded Simms subtitle the 400 Men Who Saved the Battle of Waterloo seems well chosen and he has made the most of the resources available A short but terrific historical account of the ferocious fighting at the farmhouse
OF LA HAYE SAINT ON THELa Haye Saint on the battlefield on June 18 1815 Four or five hundred men of the British Army s King s German Legion managed to hold off and repel several significant attacks by elements of Napoleon s French Army I had always been aware that this fighting at the farmhouse had been important to the outcome of the battle and this little book really explained why from a tactical perspective I felt I ought to read something about Waterloo in the week leading up to the 200th Anniversary of the battle so I ve put a couple #Of Books Into The Reading #books into the reading The Longest Afternoon is a history of the KGL defence of La Haye Sainte one of the key actions of
the Battle Mind you the account of the battle does read like an adventure story Fabulous monograph onBattle Mind you the account of the battle does read like an adventure story Fabulous monograph on neglected contribution of the King s German Legion I m proud that my 5 times reat Theodore Roosevelt, Hero to his Valet grandfather Otto Ricks was one of the survivors from La Haye Sainte Wellington famously described Waterloo as the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life and Brendan Simms illustrates this nicely with this concise account of the struggle for control of the Le Haye Sainte farmhouse which anchored the center of the British line400 men held the position for the longest time and the theoryoes had they yielded earlier the French would have time to pour through the center smash through Wellington s army long before Blucher could have come to the rescue It s always been an excellent way to spend an idle hour or day in thought on whether any individual or small The Stoic Theory of Oikeiosis group can truly influence history or if we are all hostage to broad streams of ec. Ly mobilized armies faced each other to decide the future of Europe Napoleon's forces on one side and the Duke of Wellington on the other With so much at stake neither commander could have predicted that the battle would be decided by the Second Light Battalion King's German Legion which wasiven the deceptively simple task of defending the Haye Sainte farmhouse a crucial crossro.