Wellington's Belgian Allies 1815
Publication Date: July 25, 2001
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The army commanded by the Duke of Wellington at Quatre-Bras and Waterloo included two infantry divisions and three cavalry brigades of the newly-unified Netherlands (or 'Dutch-Belgian') army. The part played by these troops in the two battles of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815), under experienced officers many of whom had seen long service in Napoleon's campaigns, has often been unjustly dismissed by British commentators. The organisation, uniforms, and battle record of the Belgian units are explained here in detail by an experienced researcher in Continental archives, and illustrated by a specialist in the period, who actually lives at Waterloo.
RONALD PAWLY was born in 1956 in Antwerp, Belgium, where he still lives and works. He is a respected member of several international societies for Napoleonic studies, and his forté is research in the field of military portraiture. He is the author of the monumental The Red Lancers: Anatomy of a Napoleonic Regiment, and a contributor to two major French reference works, Répertoire Mondiale des Souvenirs Napoléoniens and Dictionnaire des Colonels de Napoléon. This is his first title for Osprey.