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The longest afternoon: the 400 men who decided the battle of waterloo

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From the prizewinning author of Europe, a riveting account of the heroic Second Light Battalion, which held the line at Waterloo, defeating Napoleon and changing the course of history.
In 1815, the deposed emperor Napoleon returned to France and threatened the already devastated and exhausted continent with yet another war. Near the small Belgian municipality of Waterloo, two large, hastily mobilized armies faced each other to decide the future of Europe-Napoleon's forces on one side, and the Duke of Wellington on the other.
With so much at stake, neither commander could have predicted that the battle would be decided by the Second Light Battalion, King's German Legion, which was given the deceptively simple task of defending the Haye Sainte farmhouse, a crucial crossroads on the way to Brussels. In The Longest Afternoon, Brendan Simms captures the chaos of Waterloo in a minute-by-minute account that reveals how these 400-odd riflemen successfully beat back wave after wave of French infantry. The battalion suffered terrible casualties, but their fighting spirit and refusal to retreat ultimately decided the most influential battle in European history.
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With so much at stake, neither commander could have predicted that the battle would be decided by the Second Light Battalion, King's German Legion, which was given the deceptively simple task of defending the Haye Sainte farmhouse, a crucial crossroads on the way to Brussels. In The Longest Afternoon, Brendan Simms captures the chaos of Waterloo in a minute-by-minute account that reveals how these 400-odd riflemen successfully beat back wave after wave of French infantry. The battalion suffered terrible casualties, but their fighting spirit and refusal to retreat ultimately decided the most influential battle in European history.
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subject_facetArmies -- Europe -- History -- 19th century
Audiobooks
Europe -- History -- 1789-1900
Napoleon -- I, -- Emperor of the French, -- 1769-1821 -- Military leadership
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Campaigns -- Belgium -- Waterloo
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Influence
Waterloo, Battle of, Waterloo, Belgium, 1815
Waterloo, Battle of, Waterloo, Belgium, 1815 -- Influence
Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, -- Duke of, -- 1769-1852 -- Military leadership
title_displayThe longest afternoon : the 400 men who decided the Battle of Waterloo
title_fullThe Longest Afternoon The 400 Men Who Decided the Battle of Waterloo
The longest afternoon : the 400 men who decided the Battle of Waterloo / Brendan Simms
The longest afternoon : the 400 men who decided the battle of waterloo [electronic resource] / Brendan Simms
The longest afternoon [sound recording] : the 400 men who decided the battle of waterloo / Brendan Simms
title_shortThe longest afternoon
title_subthe 400 men who decided the battle of waterloo
topic_facetArmies
Campaigns
History
Influence
Military
Military leadership
Napoleon
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815
Nonfiction
Waterloo, Battle of, Waterloo, Belgium, 1815
Wellington, Arthur Wellesley