Call for books on Waterloo!


We are planning to post a list of Waterloo-related books on the Waterloo 200 website and would welcome any suggestions, both general and specialist. We need the author, title, publisher, date of publication and ISBN number if relevant. (The books do not need to be in print and preferably written in English).

Send your suggestions, accompanied by a brief recommendation (no more than 50 words), to or


8 thoughts on “Call for books on Waterloo!

  1. Marcus

    Don’t like emailing people I don’t know out of the blue, so will just post a few here for you:

    – Adkin, Mark (2001). The Waterloo Companion: The Complete Guide to History’s Most Famous Land Battle. London: Aurum Press. ISBN 978-1854107640.
    – Chandler, David G. (1993) [First published 1980]. Waterloo: The Hundred Days. London: Osprey. ISBN 978-0540011704.
    – Hibbert, Christopher (1998). Waterloo. Ware, UK: Wordsworth Editions. ISBN 978-1853266874.
    – Howarth, David (1997) [First published 1968]. Waterloo: A Near Run Thing (Reissued 2003 ed.). London: Phoenix. ISBN 978-1842127193.
    – Barbero, Alessandro; Cullen, John (2006). The Battle: A New History of the Battle of Waterloo. London: Atlantic Books. ISBN 978-1843543107.

    • Marcus

      – Winmar, Frances (1953). Napoleon and the battle of Waterloo. NY: Random House.
      – Fremont-Barnes, Gregory (2012). Battle Story: Waterloo 1815. Stroud, UK: The History Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0752464411.
      – de Chair, Somerset (ed.) (1957). The Waterloo Campaign. London: The Folio Society.
      – Howarth, David J. (1968). A Near Run Thing: The Day of Waterloo. London: Collins. ISBN 978-0002111195.
      – Hamilton-Williams, David (1994). Waterloo: New Perspectives: The Great Battle Reappraised. NY: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0471052258.

    • Some of the books Marcus mentioned are fantastic. I shall of course update you all on the progress on the book list (when it gets put online). I have a feeling there’s going to be a heck of a long list!

      • Marcus

        I expect Waterloo will be the most written about battle ever, all things considered. Lately, there have been a lot of revisionist publications offering all manner of wild and controversial theories, and it’s hard not to be sceptical of the authors motives. But overall, those focusing on the main facts are many, and should give good accounts. Some are well worth reading, others are a little dry and don’t offer much. And we shouldn’t discount Bondarchuk’s 1970 movie which, despite its inaccuracies, is a beautifully done non-CGI re-enactment.

  2. Marcus

    – Field, Andrew (2012). Waterloo: The French Perspective. Barnsley, UK: Pen & Sword Books. ISBN 978-1781590430.
    – Glover, Gareth (ed.) (2004). Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Greenhill Books. ISBN 978-1853675973.
    – Glover, Gareth (ed.) (2010). The Waterloo Archive, Volume I: British Sources. Frontline Books. ISBN 978-1848325401.
    – Glover, Gareth (ed.) (2010). The Waterloo Archive, Volume II: German Sources. Frontline Books. ISBN 978-1848325418.
    – Glover, Gareth (ed.) (2011). The Waterloo Archive, Volume III: British Sources. Frontline Books. ISBN 978-1848326057.
    – Glover, Gareth (ed.) (2012). The Waterloo Archive, Volume IV: British Sources. Frontline Books. ISBN 978-1848326552.
    – Glover, Gareth (ed.) (2013). The Waterloo Archive, Volume V: German Sources. Frontline Books. ISBN 978-1848326842.
    – Bassford, Christopher (ed.); et al. (2010). On Waterloo: Clausewitz, Wellington and the Campaign of 1815. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1453701508.
    – Jomini, Antoine-Henri (2010). The Campaign of Waterloo, 1815: a Political & Military History from the French Perspective. Leonaur. ISBN 978-0857062116.
    – Nofi, Albert A. (1993). The Waterloo Campaign: June 1815. Greenhill Books. ISBN 978-1853671678.
    – Clausewitz, Carl von; Hofschroer, Peter (ed.) (2010). On Wellington: A Critique of Waterloo. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0806141084.
    – An [anon] eyewitness (2010). The Journal of the Three Days of the Battle of Waterloo: an Account of the Campaign of 1815 from Within the French Army. Leonaur. ISBN 978-0857063427.
    – Black, Jeremy (2011). Waterloo: The Battle That Brought Down Napoleon. Icon Books. ISBN 978-1848312333.

    That should keep the list-compilers busy. 🙂

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