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Wellington's Hidden Heroes


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Veronica Baker-Smith lived in the Netherlands for seventeen years, and her work in the Dutch archives resulted in An Alien Patriot: the Life of Anna van Hannover, for the Thomas Browne Institute of the University of Leiden. She is also the author of Royal Discord - a study of the family of George II


the book is engagingly written and provides a strong 'human interest' picture of the political background, the challenges faced by a multi-national and multi-lingual army, and the difficulties of recording events on a smoke-filled and reputation-making battlefield. A welcome supplement to a Napoleonic library. * Miniature Wargames - Chris Jarvis *
By perusing Belgian and Dutch archives, memoirs, and histories, she has put together an impressive study of the role of the largely overlooked - not to say dismissed and even denigrated - Dutch-Belgian troops who made up about a third of Wellington's army during the campaign. She makes an excellent case that these troops, and the often belittled Prince of Orange who commanded them, made a solid contribution to the Allied victory, on several occasions playing a critical role....a valuable addition to the literature on Waterloo * NYMAS * excellent account of the contribution of the newly formed (and short-lived) United Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Allied victory in the Waterloo campaign, and one that brings an often neglected part of Wellington's army into focus. * History of War *
'This is essential reading for anyone wishing to get an accurate take on what actually happened, and who was actually involved at the infamous battle of Waterloo. Veronica Baker-Smith writes on the premise that we don't realise or don't remember that not all of Wellington's troops were British subjects, and in that she is absolutely right - I would never have given it a thought had this wonderful book not turned up. Surely the time is right for a documentary to set the record straight, based on Veronica's excellent research?' * Books Monthly 17/02/2016 *

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