The Waterloo Collection, Ligny and Quatre Bras, Part 1

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a soldier’s view of the fight with the natural eye for the land, military experience, combined with thorough research. Presentation against location backgrounds is augmented with clear maps and re-enactment by living historians. In this DVD, the background to the campaign is covered, with the escape of Napoleon from Elba, the formation of a new army in an impoverished France, presenting significant logistical challenges in equipping and arming the force and supplying it with ammunition and food in the field.

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NAME: The Waterloo Collection, Ligny and Quatre Bras, Part 1
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
FILE: K0141
DATE: 120312
PRESENTER(S): Tim Saunders, Graeme Cooper, Mike Peters, Andrew Duff, Frank Toogood, Tom Dormer
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital
MEDIA: One DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 90 minutes
PLAYERS: Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player
INTERNET: Optional
PRICE: GB £15.99
GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: Waterloo, 1815, Napoleon’s escape from Elba, Coalition Force, Dutch, German, British, Wellington, Blucher
ISBN: 0-24762-002-5
IMAGE: KB0141
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DESCRIPTION: This DVD is the first of four DVDs that cover the skirmishes and battles collectively popularly described as the Waterloo Campaign. Battlefield History TV is the production company and follows its established approach of using writers and presenters from the Guild of Battlefield Guides. This provides a soldier’s view of the fight with the natural eye for the land, military experience, combined with thorough research. Presentation against location backgrounds is augmented with clear maps and re-enactment by living historians. In this DVD, the background to the campaign is covered, with the escape of Napoleon from Elba, the formation of a new army in an impoverished France, presenting significant logistical challenges in equipping and arming the force and supplying it with ammunition and food in the field. Although the Duke of Wellington was the commander, facing Napoleon and his army, he suffered similar challenges, leading a coalition of British, Dutch and German troops, many of whom had no previous combat experience, coming from nations which had been looking forward to peace. Wellington and Blucher had considered defence against a French attack into Belgium and Wellington had selected locations from which he would choose to fight, based on his personal reconnaissance of the sites. In the event, the campaign began with a skirmish at Quatre Bas, that developed into a full-blown battle. This saw Wellington starting the campaign on ground not of his choosing. It was the result of the Prince of Orange ignoring Wellington’s instructions. Wellington was forced to introduce British troops to support the Dutch. To the East of Quatre Bras a second skirmish was building into a major battle as the French attempted to drive through the German forces under Blucher. At one stage the elderly Blucher was pinned under his horse, but in fierce fighting, the Prussians were able to withdraw in good order, leaving the French to the field, but being able to reform and re-engage in decisive support later of British troops. Had the opening engagements not been overshadowed by the battle at Waterloo, the fight at Quatre Bras would have been counted amongst Wellington’s great battles. The DVD brings the battle to life with the story being set in the fields the fight, with the colour and detail of uniforms and equipment worn by the living historians. This is both entertainment and historical knowledge that will be enjoyed by all ages, from the total novice to the knowledgeable enthusiast and historian. Highly recommended.

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