Of Living Valour: The Story of the Soldiers of Waterloo

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Barney and BookOf Living Valour: The Story of the Soldiers of Waterloo

Barney White-Spunner

Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor

12 February 2016

6.30pm

Tickets £5 – 01308 867638

Lt General Sir Barney White-Spunner, a former commander of the British Field Army, will be talking about his book Of Living Valour: The Story of the Soldiers of Waterloo, at The Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor, on Friday 12 February at 6.30pm.

Tickets, at £5, will be available on the door or can be booked by calling Andrew Hookings on 01308 867632. Proceeds from ticket sales will be split 50/50 between Broadwindsor Church and Beaminster Branch of The Royal British Legion.

His book is a gripping account of the Battle of Waterloo, drawing on extensive unpublished letters and diaries of the ordinary soldiers who took part.

The Battle of Waterloo was one of the most significant battles ever fought by a British army, but it was also one of the most bloody; around 50,000 men lost their lives over three days.

Waterloo was also the first major battle in which the citizen soldier played an important part – a new class of soldier reflecting the Industrial Revolution that had so transformed Britain in the preceding thirty years.

In many ways it was an army that looked forward to the twentieth century rather than back to the eighteenth. But what was it like for those who fought and for their families waiting at home?

While most of the many accounts of Waterloo focus on the high command – on Wellington and Napoleon, and their circles – Of Living Valour tells the story of the battle through the accounts of these regimental soldiers and officers, whose bravery and resolution achieved victory.

Barney White-Spunner is a former commander of the British Field Army, with wide operational experience. With his professional knowledge of how soldiers think and act, he vividly brings to life the story of the battle – one that is sad and terrifying, but also inspiring and heroic. This unique book is the most complete and exciting account of the Waterloo campaign as experienced by the soldiers who fought in it.

 

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