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1815, The Waterloo Campaign : The German Victory
am 15. Dezember 1999
Peter Hofschroer's sequel to 1815: The Waterloo Campaign - Wellington and His German Allies ... is now out there titled: 1815: The Waterloo Campaign - The German Victory The subtitle sums up Hofschroer's thesis, that the Germans, in particular the Prussians did most of the fighting, suffered the most casualties, as well as inflicting the most telling damage to the French.
Mr. Hofschroer covers all the traditional points of Waterloo, ie. Hugomont, LaHaye Sainte. He is not revisionist in the sense rewriting those engagements. Rather he presents in more detail than any other work in English that I have read (Siborne, Ropes, Fortescue, Naylor,and Chandler)about what the Prussians were up to that day. You get the whole battle with Hofschroer, but with different emphases.
Mr. Hofschroer goes into quite a bit of detail with regards to the fighting between Thielemann and Grouchy at Wavre over the period June 18-19. He also goes into quite a bit of detail of the Prussian pursuit of the defeated French back to Paris and is quite explicit in stating that it was a Prussian pursuit not an Allied pursuit. Wellington seems to have functioned in an ancillary role on the western flank, somewhat to the rear of Blucher's spearheads.
With regards to Siborne, Mr. Hofschroer gives him credit for researching and correcting the time of Wellington's receipt of the news on June 15 regarding the advance of French. In his first edition Siborne reports that the Duke received the news (from Zieten) sometime between three and four in the afternoon. Siborne later corrected this in a 3rd edition to 9 a.m. Mr. Hofschroer simply states that most British Waterloo historians ignored the correction. Wellington's disregard of the 9 a.m. message was an error in judgement on his part which he sought to mask by stating that the Prussians were tardy in getting it to him. (For what it is worth the Greenhill edition of Siborne published in 1990 is the 3rd edition.)