24 Hours at Waterloo: 18 June 1815

Hours at Waterloo June One of the lancers rode by and stabbed me in the back with his lance I then turned and lay with my face upward and a foot soldier stabbed me with his sword as he walked by Immediately after anothe

  • Title: 24 Hours at Waterloo: 18 June 1815
  • Author: Robert Kershaw
  • ISBN: 9780753541425
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One of the lancers rode by, and stabbed me in the back with his lance I then turned, and lay with my face upward, and a foot soldier stabbed me with his sword as he walked by Immediately after, another, with his firelock and bayonet, gave me a terrible plunge, and while doing it with all his might, exclaimed, Sacre nom de Dieu Charge Charge the guns shouted Colo One of the lancers rode by, and stabbed me in the back with his lance I then turned, and lay with my face upward, and a foot soldier stabbed me with his sword as he walked by Immediately after, another, with his firelock and bayonet, gave me a terrible plunge, and while doing it with all his might, exclaimed, Sacre nom de Dieu Charge Charge the guns shouted Colonel Hamilton, who was last seen galloping through the Grand Battery going at full speed, with the bridle reins between his teeth , according to one witness, after he had lost his hands There was nothing to be heard but the clashing of swords and bayonets, and the cries of the dying and wounded The battle of Waterloo had all the drama and brutality of a nineteenth century bare knuckle prize fight It was a vicious fight to the finish between two evenly matched opponents In 24 Hours at Waterloo, using a plethora of previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, letters and diaries, Robert Kershaw reveals the soldier s view of this iconic battle how they felt, what they saw, what they smelt and what they heard enduring this epic confrontation on Sunday 18 June 1815 Visceral and raw, this is Waterloo as you ve never experienced it before.

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    1. I have just finished reading my third book recently published on the Battle of Waterloo. This one was by Robert Kershaw, titled; “24 Hours at Waterloo”. The previous books were by Gordon Corrigan and Bernard Cornwell and each have been different in their approach in telling the story of this famous battle.Robert Kershaw’s approach has been to tell the story by the use of first-hand accounts, his aim was to give a human and personal dimension to the battle and in this he succeeds admirably. [...]

    2. Kershaw breaks the battle down and goes through it with a fine tooth comb. This was produced through a mix of letters, memoirs and official reports, making a very personal account of Waterloo.

    3. Rip-roaring account of the day of battle, arranged in blocks of time roughly from midnight to midnight. Eyewitness accounts describe all the armies and many sections of the battlefield, especially as they fall under fire. The book is organized for emotional impact: We leave the ridge just as things are turning and move to another site of battle, leaving that one just as things are turning, which really keeps the reader reading.This is not a dry read--the accounts from soldiers and officers in th [...]

    4. Prior to reading Robert Kershaw's work I was more familiar with events at Peterloo than those of Waterloo. Perhaps because of the history lessons way back in my school days that droned on about events during the industrial revolution, I've since kept my distance from the nineteenth century.Published in 2014 in time for the two hundredth anniversary of the battle, I became engaged with '24 Hours at Waterloo' from page one.It is the memoirs and vivid accounts from the participants, English, Scots, [...]

    5. A brilliantly fresh and arresting account of a seminal event in European history. The course of the battle is charted with care and precision but it is the detail rather than the broad sweep that sets this book apart. First hand accounts from those who took part reveal the true horror of the 19th century battlefield. The reader can only wonder at the resilience that allowed those who participated to endure the physical pain and terror as the battle swayed first one way then the other. My persona [...]

    6. Interesting, man on the ground type review of the day, which hasn't really been done all that much. Very sympathetic to all major figures.

    7. A great read - I loved the hour by hour accounting of what was happening throughout the battle, with observations from soldiers who'd actually taken part, from all three armies.

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