Andrew Field MBE is a former British army officer whose travels around the world have given him a unique opportunity to explore battlefields from ancient history to present times. He has always harboured a special fascination for the Napoleonic Wars. In particular he has reassessed Napoleon's campaigns in 1814 and 1815, and has carried out extensive research into Wellington's battles in the Peninsula. His books include Talavera: Wellington's First Victory in Spain, Prelude to Waterloo: Quatre Bras, Grouchy's Waterloo: The Battles of Ligny and Wavre and Waterloo: Rout and Retreat: The French Perspective.
While there has been a relative deluge of books on the Waterloo campaign and battle from the British Perspective and a significant number in recent years covering the Prussian operations, until now one had to know French to understand Napoleon's Army and the hows and whys of its actions in the campaign. Andrew Field has filled that hole...Field's extensive use of French soldiers' accounts makes clear how close the French came to winning both battles....after reading one understands why Wellington called Waterloo "the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life, " and gains an appreciation for the exploits of Napoleon's Armee du Nord in 1815..."--The NYMAS Review