The Battle of Waterloo has been studied and dissected so extensively that one might assume little more on the subject could be discovered. Now historian Peter Hofschroer brings forward a long-repressed commentary written by Carl von Clausewitz, the author of "On War."
Clausewitz, the Western world s most renowned military theorist, participated in the Waterloo campaign as a senior staff officer in the Prussian army. His appraisal, offered here in an up-to-date and readable translation, criticized the Duke of Wellington s actions. Lord Liverpool sent his translation of the manuscript to Wellington, who pronounced it a lying work. The translated commentary was quickly buried in Wellington s private papers, where it languished for a century and a half. Now published for the first time in English, Hofschroer brings Clausewitz s critique back into view with thorough annotation and contextual explanation.
Peter Hofschroer, long recognized as a leading scholar of the Napoleonic Wars, shows how the Duke prevented the account s publication during his lifetime a manipulation of history so successful that almost two centuries passed before Clausewitz s work reemerged, finally permitting a reappraisal of key events in the campaign. In addition to translating and annotating Clausewitz s critique, Hofschroer also includes an order of battle and an extensive bibliography."