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On Waterloo ❰BOOKS❯ ✯ On Waterloo Author Carl von Clausewitz – This book at last makes available in English a penetrating exchange between two of history's most famous soldiers concerning the dramatic events of the Waterloo campaign of 1815 The Duke of Wellington This book at last makes available in English a penetrating exchange between two of history's most famous soldiers concerning the dramatic events of the Waterloo campaign of The Duke of Wellington is one of the greatest military commanders in British history; General Carl von Clausewitz is widely regarded as the greatest military thinker in the history of Western civilization Both men had vast experience in the Napoleonic Wars and both were prominent participants in the campaign Wellington commanded the Anglo Dutch Belgian army; the much younger Clausewitz was chief of staff to Prussia's rd Corps Wellington went on to become prime minister of Great Britain and commander in chief for life of the British Army Clausewitz went on to author VOM KRIEGE ON WAR a seminal and still hotly debated treatise on the theory and philosophy of war He also became the founder of modern scientific military history via the work of his disciple military historian Hans Delbrck Oddly Clausewitz's study of the campaign of was never published in English and Wellington's once famous response to it has been strangely but studiously ignored by British military historians since Hence this book It contains Wellington's initial battle report; Clausewitz's post battle letters to his wife Marie; correspondence within Wellington's circle concerning Clausewitz's work; Clausewitz's strategic analysis of the entire campaign not just the Battle of Waterloo; Wellington's memorandum in response; and enlightening essays by prominent experts on Clausewitz Wellington and the Battle of Waterloo Major General US Army David T Zabecki PhD writes in the April edition of The Journal of Military History Long overdue we now have two English translations of Clausewitz's The Campaign of ie Peter Hofschrer's translation of Clausewitz's study and Bassford Moran and Pedlow's edition of the full Clausewitz Wellington exchange Either of these volumes would be a welcome addition to the bookshelf of any serious student of military affairs but On Waterloo Clausewitz Wellington and the Campaign of is clearly the richer of the two Napoleonic expert Bruno Colson wrote in War in History that Pedlow convincingly resurrects Wellington's ideas and actions and gives a final and excellent reply to the arguments of Peter Hofschrer while remaining balanced recognizing the latter's merits and uoting him courteously Waterloo 'was neither a British victory nor a Prussian victory; it was an Allied victory ' says Pedlow p For Waterloo enthusiasts this essay alone justifies buying the book Noted Clausewitz scholar Jon Sumida UMd writes that On Waterloo is essential reading for those seeking an understanding of Clausewitz's distinctive approach to historical case study as the basis of practical knowledge of armed conflict Clausewitz's history of the campaign of incorporates methods of critical analysis explained in Book II of On War which were addressed primarily to the observation and assessment of past cases of strategic and operational decision making by commanders in chief The Bassford Moran and Pedlow edition provides a highly readable translation of a work previously accessible only in German that illustrates Clausewitz's approach to the replication and evaluation of the experience of high command The Editors Christopher Bassford is Professor of Strategy at the National War College in Washington DC Daniel Moran is Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey CA Gregory W Pedlow is Chief of the Historical Office at NATO's Supreme Headuarters Allied Powers Europe SHAPE near Mons Belgium.

10 thoughts on “On Waterloo

  1. Al Al says:

    This was an extremely interesting look at the Battle of Waterloo from the perspective of Clausewitz who was a staff officer with the Prussian army during the battle The counter point is provided by the Duke of Wellington and the contrasting views were of additional interest based on how the battle was viewed at different levels Even with these two views the whole of the battle can only be partly understood It is clear in Clausewitz' narrative that he is using this narrative as an attempt to refine his theories as well as achieve a deeper understanding of the events As Bassford states in the introduction Clausewitz saw theory as a means for providing the framework for analysis and judgement The editors did an outstanding job in organizing Clausewitz' text as well as the letters between members of Wellington's ring and Wellington's response to Clauswitz' analysis Footnotes are kept to a bare minimum and only used as a means to amplify points in the text This is a terrific adjunct to On War and well worth the time to read

  2. Russell Phillips Russell Phillips says:

    Clausewitz doesn't appear to be particularly biased though Wellington does seem to dislike any hint of criticism Where possible Clausewitz gives evidence for his conclusions though in some cases he has to guess at what a commander intended He always makes it clear where his conclusions are the result of studying evidence and where he has had to guess at intentions uite often particularly when dealing with the movements of the French there are contradictory accounts and Clausewitz makes it clear which he has given credence to along with his reasons for doing soAll in all I found this to be a very interesting read It was hard going in places but worth the effort

  3. Christopher Christopher says:

    Outstanding The additional selections presented by the editors do an excellent job of placing Clausewitz's analysis of the campaign and Wellington's response in their necessary context My one exceedingly minor gripe is that Pedlow's concluding chapter feels somewhat out of synch with the rest of the book focused as it is on historiographic debate over the timing of various orders and decisions It strikes me as an oddly discordant tack on to a book that would have been fantastically concluded by Moran's excellent comment Just the same essential reading for serious students of Clausewitz of Wellington andor of the Waterloo Campaign

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