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Featured battle : Strass and Schwaz
Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
Date : 14 May 1809 - 15 May 1809
Wrede's 2nd Bavarian division was fresh from its success over Chasteler's division again caught a much inferior enemy force. The Austrians were Landwehr troops [Home Guard] and armed peasants. The Bavarian success was not as great as their previous engagement, possibly because they were without Preysing's cavalry brigade, most of the Austrians got away.
Featured review :
The Waterloo Archive. Volume II
Gareth Glover [Ed]
The second volume of this six volume series is a collection from German sources. Like the first vol. it is full of amazing, vivid first hand accounts which give insights into the many personal battles which made up Waterloo. These accounts are written by men of the King's German Legion, the Hanoverian and Nassau regiments and others. The translations manage to convey what I am sure were the facts and feeling of the original texts. The fog of war made real as 'We didn't see the enemy at all. We just loaded and fired at their musket smoke.' And the horror of the aftermath described 'the next day we marched passed a barn, outside was a huge pile of amputated limbs, some with uniforms still on. Inside the surgeons were still hard at work.' Gareth Glover has brought together a mass of rare and previously unpublished work and presented it in a readily accessible form. We cannot recommend it too highly.
Frontline Books, Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2010
Reviewed : 2015-01-08 11:41:25