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24 Hours at Waterloo 18 June 1815 by Robert J. Kershaw
  

24 Hours at Waterloo 18 June 1815

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The book to read if you want to find out what it was like to fight at the battle of Waterloo. Robert Kershaw’s book follows the event of Sunday, the 18th June using eye-witness accounts, diaries and memories to recreate the battle through the soldiers’ eyes.

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24 Hours at Waterloo 18 June 1815 by Robert J. Kershaw

'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 In 24 Hours at Waterloo, using a plethora of previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, letters and diaries, Robert Kershaw reveals the soldier's view of this iconic battle: how they felt, what they saw, what they smelt and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.

Reviews

A blow-by-blow account of the fateful day. I couldn't put it down. Independent 'Gripping ... The hour-by-hour account is packed with fascinating and often poignant vignettes
Daily Express, 5 stars Kershaw writes well and makes sense of the battle

... a clear and straightforward military view. Literary Review Shows us the battle at its grittiest and bloodiest, but through it all manages to maintain a grip on the bigger picture. Scotsman So where does this leave Robert Kershaw's 24 Hours at Waterloo? Very simply, in a class of its own ... brings the events to life with judiciously chosen first-hand accounts ... there could be no better companion to the battlefield than Kershaw's. Spectator


About the Author

Robert Kershaw is a former Para, having joined the Parachute Regiment in 1973, commanded 10 Para and left as a full Colonel in 2006. His active service includes tours in Northern Ireland, the first Gulf War (during which he was awarded the US Bronze Star) and Bosnia. He is now a professional writer and has written seven highly praised books of military history. He has been interviewed on numerous TV documentaries and has published articles in the Times, Sunday Times, Telegraph, Mail and Express. He recently edited Paradata, an online encyclopaedia covering the living history of British Airborne Forces, which won the Outstanding Achievement Award in the Military category of the 2008 Interactive Media Awards. Kershaw has led site-specific battlefield touring groups across the world, including at Waterloo. He has also given lectures at the National Army, Airborne and Tank Museums and aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise liner. Full details are available on the author's website at www.robertjkershaw.com.

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Book Info

Publication date

28th August 2014

Author

Robert J. Kershaw

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Author's Website

www.robertjkershaw.com

Publisher

W H Allen an imprint of Ebury Publishing

Format

Hardback
448 pages

Categories

Napoleonic Wars
European history
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900

ISBN

9780753541425

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