Quatre Bras.

The Battle of Quatre Bras was a vital action for both sides. However it was of greater strategic significance to Blucher and Napoleon than Wellington and Ney. In some ways it is very similar to the Battle of Busaco in 1810, but not for the reasons most people think. Continue reading

Bridges and Crossroads.

How Napoleon stole a march on the allies, but stumbled at the first hurdle. The opening of the Waterloo campaign shows the type of Napoleonic warfare that not many people think about. Continue reading

The most famous Ball in History.

A marvellous but fancifully gilded painting of the most famous Ball in History.

A marvellous but fancifully gilded painting of the most famous Ball in History.

The Duke shall go to the Ball.

Colonel Colquhoun Grant was Wellington’s most trusted intelligence officer. Call him what you like, spy observer, secret agent, he got the job done. Continue reading