Waterloo Voices 1815

The Battle at First hand by Martyn Beardsley

This is a novel approach to a story that has been told multiple times in numerous history books by people who have never came close to a Napoleonic battlefield let alone served. Martyn Beardsley’s approach has been to draw from first-hand accounts from the Battle of Waterloo which took place on Sunday, June 18, 1815. A crucial battle which saw a coalition forces led by the Duke of Wellington and Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher defeat Napoleon Bonaparte, thus ending two decades of war in Europe. 

Beardsley presents us with a very personal read from many men who actually took part in the battle, extracting narrative from letters, diaries, officer’s and rank and file from both sides. What I like is how the accounts have not been edited from an ‘old English’ point of view and accents and quirky sayings of the day have been left in place. This is the battle from a refreshing angle which is not clouded by an historians’ slant or opinions about this truly world changing event over 200 years ago.     

Thanks again Philip at Amberley Publishing for our review copy which is available at www.amberley-books.com.

First published in MM4711

ISBN: 978-1-4456-6016-5

Price: £9.99

Pages: 304

Format: Softback – 198mm x 129mm

Publisher: Amberley Publishing

Website: www.amberley-books.com