Introduction: Germany in 1814 - Prussia's acquisitions at the Congress of Vienna - the German states of the new Confederation /Preparations for war - Napoleon's return from Elba - formation of the Army of the Lower Rhine - the North German Army Corps /The army at the outbreak of hostilities - the men, their background, their motivation, their leaders /Uniforms and equipment - detailed descriptions from regimental sources /Drill and training - how the 1815 Regulations were amended for the reorganised army - the non-Prussian contingents /The army in battle - selected excerpts from after-action reports /Bibliography /Plate commentaries /Index
Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork and a host of archival illustrations, this study presents the latest research into the actual appearance and performance of the units of Blucher's army at Ligny and Waterloo during the momentous Hundred Days battles that finally toppled Napoleon.
Peter Hofschroer is a qualified historian and linguist specializing in the Napoleonic Wars. His two volume work 1815: The Waterloo Campaign received the 1999 Napoleonic Society of America Literary Award. He is a well-known contributor to various academic and hobby magazines, is a fellow of the International Napoleonic Society and has been twice awarded the Bismarck Memorial Medal. His previous works for Osprey include Campaign 25: Leipzig 1813. Gerry Embleton has been a leading illustrator and researcher of historical costume since the 1970s, and has illustrated and written Osprey titles on a wide range of subjects for more than 20 years. He is an internationally respected authority on 15th and 18th century costumes in particular.