Wellington’s Belgian Allies 1815
by Ronald Pawly
illustrated by Patrice Courcelle
S u m m a r y
||Published by Osprey
||48 pages, colour plates.
||Infantry and cavalry
organisation, uniforms, and weapons described; excellent colour plates
Reviewed by John Prigent
Ronald Pawly’s debut for Osprey is an excellent volume on the
Dutch/Belgian armies of the Waterloo campaign.
Most of us get a little confused between Belgium and Holland at this
period, which isn’t surprising given their tangled history under Napoleon,
but Mr Pawly sorts it all out for us and explains what was going on. Their
infantry and cavalry organisation, uniforms, and weapons are described
succinctly but in fair detail, then he moves on to the Quatre-Bras and
Waterloo battles and their part in it. Here he puts the lie to the
frequent allegation that they broke and ran at Waterloo, an overdue
setting straight of the record since their short withdrawal to new
positions was in accordance with orders and tactically wise.
Patrice Courcelle’s plates are as good as always, and if I say that his
style reminds me strongly of the master-painter Rigo those who know his
work will know just how good they are.
This is a splendid addition to any library covering the Napoleonic Wars.
Review Copyright © 2001 by John
Page Created 23 August, 2001
22 July, 2003
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