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Re: Andrew Field's Grouchy's Waterloo

Postby Skarpskytten » May 10th, 2017, 3:40 pm

Mark wrote:
Pretty, pretty please :D

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The publisher has kindly agreed to supply me with a copy of the book.

I will try write somehting on it here, though it will be a while (due to life getting in the way of more important things, like old battles).
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Re: Andrew Field's Grouchy's Waterloo

Postby Digby » May 11th, 2017, 9:42 am

My copy just arrived.
It looks great.

On the front cover it mentions that this is the third in a four volume series!

Does anyone know what the fourth volume will cover?
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Re: Andrew Field's Grouchy's Waterloo

Postby Andrew » May 11th, 2017, 9:29 pm

I do!! It will cover the rout from Waterloo, Grouchy's retreat to Namur, the defence of that town and his command of the whole army back to Paris, Napoleon's abdication, the fighting around Paris and the disbandment of the army. Again, all based on French first hand accounts.

The narrative is complete and it should be available towards the end of October or into November.

Now what shall I do next!?

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Re: Andrew Field's Grouchy's Waterloo

Postby Hope » May 11th, 2017, 11:10 pm

Andrew wrote:I do!! It will cover the rout from Waterloo, Grouchy's retreat to Namur, the defence of that town and his command of the whole army back to Paris, Napoleon's abdication, the fighting around Paris and the disbandment of the army. Again, all based on French first hand accounts.

The narrative is complete and it should be available towards the end of October or into November.

Now what shall I do next!?

Andrew


Maybe something on 1814 Campaign?
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Re: Andrew Field's Grouchy's Waterloo

Postby Skarpskytten » May 12th, 2017, 7:02 am

Andrew wrote:Now what shall I do next!?


The Peninsular War - The French (or Spanish?) Perspective!
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Re: Andrew Field's Grouchy's Waterloo

Postby Senarmont198 » May 12th, 2017, 10:47 am

The Peninsular War from the French perspective would be very interesting indeed.
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Re: Andrew Field's Grouchy's Waterloo

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » May 13th, 2017, 6:48 am

Yes indeed.

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Re: Andrew Field's Grouchy's Waterloo

Postby Senarmont198 » May 13th, 2017, 9:52 pm

There are two excellent memoirs about Spain from French junior officers-Pelet's with the Army of Portugal under Massena (he was Massena's ADC), and von Brandt's (in the Legion of the Vistula) about the siege of Saragossa and chasing guerillas. His tale of 'how to write a report' is priceless.

Von Brandt also has excellent character sketches of Davout, Lannes, and Suchet.
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Re: Andrew Field's Grouchy's Waterloo

Postby Digby » June 1st, 2017, 7:47 pm

Andrew wrote:I do!! It will cover the rout from Waterloo, Grouchy's retreat to Namur, the defence of that town and his command of the whole army back to Paris, Napoleon's abdication, the fighting around Paris and the disbandment of the army. Again, all based on French first hand accounts.

The narrative is complete and it should be available towards the end of October or into November.

Now what shall I do next!?

Andrew


I have all 3 of Andrews books now, and have skim read much of them.
I am a Waterloo tragic, but I am not so sure that I would buy a book on the retreat from Waterloo, it just does not seem so interesting. I believe that Erwin Muilwijk is also planning a book on this subject.
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Re: Andrew Field's Grouchy's Waterloo

Postby Andrew » June 2nd, 2017, 7:45 am

Digby,

of course, you are right that the rout and retreat does not have the drama of a major battle and when I started the Waterloo book, I did not plan to cover the whole campaign. However, as I read the various French accounts there was so much fascinating detail on this phase of the campaign that Pen and Sword did not need any persuading that I should cover the whole of the campaign from the French perspective. There are some great accounts of the break up and rallying of the French army and many interesting individual adventures, as well as the fighting around Namur, Villers-Cotterets and Paris. The disbandment of the army south of the Loire is also covered by some interesting anecdotes. I guess it's a case of covering the whole campaign from beginning to end and including an aspect of it which has not been covered in any detail in English before.

Thank you for buying my books!

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