CONTRIBUTING EXPERT: ANDREW FIELD MBE
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 it is vital to share the experience of all participants with our tour guests, both at Waterloo and in the Peninsular.
A great friend for many years, we relish the enthusiastic debates over the phone and dining table (usually involving French wine!)
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