The Bat­tle of Water­loo Ex­pe­ri­ence

Byb Peter and DanD Snow

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(AAn­dre Deutsch, 6 4 pages, £30) ThisT is an ab­so­lutely fa as­ci­nat­ing book which has b een re­leased for the 200th an­niver­sarya of the Bat­tle of Water­loo, and will ap­peal to those with a se­ri­ous in­ter­est in the bat­tle, but also those who just want to know more from a fam­ily his­tory point of view or gen­eral in­ter­est.

Nor­mally, in a his­tory book, the ev­i­dence is re­ferred to, but with this book it re­ally is an ‘ex­pe­ri­ence’ and you can read fac­sim­i­les of of­fi­cial doc­u­ments, maps and let­ters, all con­tained in the four en­velopes in the book. There is also a vast amount of in­for­ma­tion and pic­tures to look at and read.

The en­velopes con­tain doc­u­ments from all sides, and from a ge­neal­ogy view­point, the let­ters in En­ve­lope 2 that come from rank and file sol­diers give a pic­ture of life ex­pe­ri­ences. This would be use­ful for any­one who has won­dered what mil­i­tary life was like for their an­ces­tors in the Napoleonic armies – just bear in mind the hand­writ­ing is hard to read.

En­ve­lope 3 con­tains The Times, with Welling­ton’s full tran­script of the bat­tle pub­lished in it. Oth­ers have or­ders from Welling­ton so you can see his hand­writ­ing, too. A re­ally good read and well worth the money.

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