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  • The famous LES CARNETS DE LA SABRETACHE: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb3...retache.langFR
    My avatar: Center of the Cross of the Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) of the First French Empire (Napoleonic Era), 3rd type (awarded between 1806-1808). My Légion d'honneur. :-)

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    • French uniform plates by Andre Jouineau 4 books on the subject that I found on the internet for download.

      Officers and soldiers of the French Imperial Guard. 2. Cavalry, 1804-1815
      http://depositfiles.com/files/htjzxnabk

      The French Imperial Guard Volume 1: The Foot Soldiers, 1804-1815 (Officers and Soldiers 3)
      http://depositfiles.com/files/b3v3qu3m5

      French Hussars Volume 2: From the 1st to the 8th Regiment 1804-1812 (Officers and Soldiers 7)
      http://depositfiles.com/files/vu4nq6st7

      French Hussars Volume 1: 1786 - 1804 From the "Ancien Regime" to the Empire (Officers and Soldiers 5)
      http://depositfiles.com/files/uqubkhuot

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      • Excellent magazine TRADITION (in french) Full of illustrations of uniforms and actual uniform artifacts (mostly from Napoleonic era)

        Few issues
        Tradition Magazine 1996 - (№№ c 106,107,108)
        http://depositfiles.com/files/088alalcw

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        • Dutch Allies

          Originally posted by VimyHero17 View Post
          Hey guys, I'm looking for some help here - does anyone know or have any tips on how to find out-of-print Osprey books?

          Specifically, I'm looking for Wellington's Dutch Allies, 1815. I can't find it anywhere, and when I've found it on Amazon people are selling it for upwards of $70.

          Does anyone have any tips for a somewhat cheaper option, or maybe another book with info regarding the Dutch at Waterloo? I need it for a book I'm putting together....

          Thanks in advance!
          Vimy, I have that book. Check your PM

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          • I am 129 pages into this fascinating book on Waterloo Archive sources Volume 1: British sources by Gareth Glover.
            Hot of the press and 'at last' into my grubby hands for perusal, and I must say, so far already, some of the eyewitness accounts are new to me and are a fascinating individual take on the famous campaign. Also included are some beautiful and macabre watercolour sketches of the main landmarks of the battle, Cavalie Alexander Mercer's correspondence with fellow RHA officer, Henry leathes, that lays open the bitterness he felt at the lack of recognition for his deeds on the day, and his twenty two pencil sketches are also included. The other good thing about the correspondence is that all the eyewitnesses to General Ponsonby's death puts it down to a ball to the chest and not from a lance thrust as 'iIrc, the feature film shows and some historical tomes state.

            This book is the first of SIX volumes to be released before the 200th anniversary of the battle, they will be from French, Dutch, German and Belgian sources and if they are as good as this volume seems to be, then I for one will be pining for those others when alas I finish this noble tome.

            Here are a couple of the watercolours 'you will have to buy the book to see the rest and the pencil drawings,








            Here is the Amazon splerge.

            In the first ground-breaking volume of a new series, acclaimed Napoleonic scholar Gareth Glover brings together previously unpublished material relating to the Battle of Waterloo. The hitherto unseen British material contained in Volume I includes: a series of letters written by a senior officer on Wellington's Staff to Sir Thomas Graham immediately following the battle: The letters of a member of the Wedgewood family in the Guards at Waterloo; The journal of Sergeant Johnston of the Scots Greys, detailing all his experiences, including a very rare transcript of his own court martial!; letters from eminent surgeons including those of Hume, Davy and Haddy James, who served at Waterloo with their harrowing tales of the wounds suffered. In addition to these letters and journals, Vol I will include 21 original line drawings produced by Cavalie Mercer to accompany his famous book on his experiences at Waterloo but never previously published. Subsequent volumes will include French, German, Dutch and Belgian material which has never been translated into English before.
            Paul
            ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
            All human ills he can subdue,
            Or with a bauble or medal
            Can win mans heart for you;
            And many a blessing know to stew
            To make a megloamaniac bright;
            Give honour to the dainty Corse,
            The Pixie is a little shite.

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            • Very true that it is one of most written about conflicts in world history. I've read several series that are well researched and help make history not only interesting but help relate it. The top ones I've read are:

              1. The Richard Sharpe Series by Bernard Cornwell
              2. Markham of the Marines series by Tom Connery
              3. Sails on the Horizon and Any Approaching Enemy by Jay Worral
              4. Captain Kilburnie and Commodore Kilburnie by William P. Mack
              "With great authority comes great responsibility."

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              • The Empire of the French: A Chronology of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1792-1815 [Illustrated] (Hardcover)
                by Brian Taylor (Author)

                http://www.amazon.co.uk/Empire-Frenc.../dp/1862272549

                Picked it up for €9.99 sale price!
                http://www.irelandinhistory.blogspot.ie/

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                • Are there any books out there written on Wellingtons army that
                  are not written by an Englishman.

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                  • Originally posted by General Brock View Post
                    Are there any books out there written on Wellingtons army that
                    are not written by an Englishman.
                    Of the top of my head.

                    René Chartrand. Canadian

                    Jac Weller. American

                    A.L.F Schaumann. German

                    Many other Authors though they have British names, are not English.

                    If you would like a good read then I am sure you know of this site

                    http://www.napoleon-series.org/
                    ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                    All human ills he can subdue,
                    Or with a bauble or medal
                    Can win mans heart for you;
                    And many a blessing know to stew
                    To make a megloamaniac bright;
                    Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                    The Pixie is a little shite.

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                    • I'm giving it a though about getting the Vol I on the Archives. Sounds like a great deal.
                      All warfare is based on deception.
                      Sun Tzu - Art of war - Chapter One - Laying Plans


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                      • In passing

                        La Fondation Napoleon

                        [email protected]

                        http://www.irelandinhistory.blogspot.ie/

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                        • Originally posted by Wolfe Tone View Post
                          In passing

                          La Fondation Napoleon

                          [email protected]

                          Its just an E-mail request is that correct or is this the wrong link.

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                          • Originally posted by General Brock View Post
                            Its just an E-mail request is that correct or is this the wrong link.
                            Try here so:

                            http://www.napoleon.org/en/home.asp

                            You have to register to get the updates.
                            http://www.irelandinhistory.blogspot.ie/

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                            • I forgot to let you all know that a book that includes my ancester Richard Bentinck (Bentick) was recently released.

                              This should interest you Royal Welch



                              And here is Amazons splerge.

                              I never saw any regiment in such order, remarked Wellington shortly before the battle of Waterloo, it was the most complete and handsome military body I ever looked at. The object of the duke's admiration was the 23rd Regiment of Foot, the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Dragon Rampant is the story of this famous fighting unit during the tumultuous and bloody period of the wars with France. Based on rare and untouched personal memoirs and correspondence as well as new research, this compelling new history offers new insights into the evolution of the British army. Largely scorned by even its own countrymen in 1793, by 1815 it had become a professional force service capable of triumphing over the greatest general and army of the time. The men of the Royal Welch Fusiliers come alive again as Graves tracks them across three continents. We join them in major battles and countless minor actions, and empathise with them as they endure short rations, shipwreck and disease. We come to know such hard-bitten fighting men as the intrepid Drummer Richard Bentinck; the love-sick Lt George Booker; the eccentric Major Jack Hill; the naive Private Thomas Jeremiah; and, above all, their beloved commander, Lt-Col. Harvey Ellis, who led his Fusiliers in some of the most famous actions of the time only to fall at Waterloo, the last and greatest of them all. We also meet many of the men fought alongside the Fusiliers, as well as the women who faithfully accompanied them on their travels. This is a book that will appeal to all those interested in the Napoleonic wars, musket period tactics and the meaning and the cost of courage.
                              About the Author
                              Donald E. Graves is the author or editor of 16 full-length books dealing with Napoleonic warfare and World War II. The Times Literary Supplement called his most recent work, Fix Bayonets!, military history at its very best . Graves is the managing director of the Ensign Heritage Group, a consulting firm that provides military historical expertise. He is also a popular lecturer and in demand as a battlefield tour guide in North America and Europe.
                              http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1...pf_rd_i=468294

                              The book about Richard bentick will hopefully be out by October and be released by Frontline Books, part of Pen&Sword Publishing.

                              Paul
                              Last edited by Dibble201Bty; 26 Mar 10, 06:06.
                              ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                              All human ills he can subdue,
                              Or with a bauble or medal
                              Can win mans heart for you;
                              And many a blessing know to stew
                              To make a megloamaniac bright;
                              Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                              The Pixie is a little shite.

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                              • Just released still waiting on my copy.



                                Here is a write up on the book in The Economist magazine which
                                is unheard of so it must be a real good read.

                                http://www.economist.com/culture/dis...ry_id=15905807

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