Contributing Expert

Andrew Field Talavera Tour


The French Perspective

The ultimate defeat of Napoleon and the French at Waterloo used to be told almost exclusively from the viewpoint of the victors, not the vanquished. Andrew's acclaimed series of books has firmly relegated that approach to the past.

His thought-provoking studies, built from careful translation and comparison of French sources, most of them never before available in the English language, have transformed our understanding of the Battle and the wider Campaign. This has led to some of the most productive recent debates in developing our full appreciation of the events that unfolded during the Waterloo Campaign.

Covering the Battle of Waterloo, Ney's Prelude of Quatre Bras, Napoleon's victory over the Prussians at Ligny, Marshal Grouchy's pursuit of the Prussians and the battle at Wavre, and ultimately the march on Paris, these books are always on our 'must read'  list.

Never one to be pigeon-holed, Andrew's first book, stimulated by his writings for First Empire, was on the Spanish battlefield of Talavera, one of Wellington's many 'close run' affairs.

Andrew's desire to promote the French perspective thoroughly matches our ethos that only by contrasting the experience of all combatants can we truly understand and share the full picture of what occurred on the battlefield.

A great friend for many years, we relish the enthusiastic debates over the phone and dining table (usually involving French wine!)

All our Napoleonic tours are subtly influenced by Andrew, and you can also join him on some of our tours (such as the Waterloo Anniversary 2020 Tour).

We've also got more Napoleonic tours with Andrew in planning right now. If you'd specifically like to tour with Andrew please contact us and we'll be delighted to discuss your interests.

Waterloo The French Perspective Andrew Field
Prelude to Waterloo Quatre Bras Andrew Field
Grouchy's Waterloo The Battles of Ligny & Wavre Andrew Field
Waterloo Rout & Retreat The French Perspective Andrew Field