On 18 June 1815 some 200,000 men fought in what would be the most important land battle Europe had ever seen, the Battle of Waterloo. It was not the largest battle of the Napoleonic Wars, nor would it actually be the last, but it ultimately brought to an end almost a quarter of a century of virtually uninterrupted conflict. The result of the battle, which the Duke of Wellington would later describe as a `near-run thing', changed the course of history, and Europe - indeed much of the world - would never be the same again.
An Illustrated Introduction to the Battle of Waterloo tells the dramatic story of the battle, from Napoleon's escape from exile on Elba to the final desperate attempt of the Imperial Guard to turn the tide against the Allies. A truly fascinating battle, in an equally fascinating period of history, is explored in full colour.
Mark Simner is a graduate of Birmingham City University and a postgraduate of the University of Portsmouth. He has been interested in British military history since childhood, having been a keen researcher in the field for the past twenty plus years. In 2007 he founded the Victorian Wars Forum, and following its success he established the Napoleonic Wars Forum in 2011.