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WATERLOO GENERAL: The Life, Letters and Mysterious Death of Major General Sir William Ponsonby 1772 - 1815

WATERLOO GENERAL: The Life, Letters and Mysterious Death of Major General Sir William Ponsonby 1772 - 1815
by Morewood, John

1-212300

At the Battle of Waterloo Sir William Ponsonby, a man who the Duke of Wellington stated had 'rendered very brilliant and important services and was an ornament to his profession', was killed by French lancers after leading the Union Brigade (the three Dragoon Regiments of the Royals, Iniskillings, and Scots Greys) in a charge that wrecked a French advance that threatened Wellington with defeat. Sir William was a career soldier who had led his regiment in the decisive charge at the Battle of Salamanca and served with great distinction during the Peninsular War. Yet historians have blamed him because the charge at Waterloo got out of hand. Includes 30 illustrations.

Uses family sources, including Sir William's letters, as well as French and German accounts, to restore his reputation and, by shedding new light on the battle, establishes what really happen to him on that fatal afternoon. It is also a biography of a man whose bravery and professionalism distinguished him as one of the outstanding cavalry commanders of the age.

1 vol, 280 pgs 2016 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-dj, available late August 2016 ......$45.00

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