I said ages ago that I would post comments on Gareth Glovers Waterloo Archive Volume IV.
I must say that the book is much better than his Volume III
, with a good selection of letters on what the Light cavalry was doing during the final advance. Of Thomas Playford who was a 2nd Life Guards trooper, who went a long way to document some interesting eye witness accounts on the charge against D'Erlons Corps and how he saw Corporal Shaw wounded and knocked off his horse by a spent ball early in the action, before remounting another horse and rejoining the fray.
An excellent account of Lt. George Simmons of the 95th, who describes his very serious wounding and subsequent trials, tribulations and recovery post battle.
And a very poignant couple of letters from Ensign the Honourable Samuel S. Barrington of the 2nd Battalion of the 1st Foot Guards who sent his last letter home to his mother on the 15th June, thereafter the letters sent to his family are from his officer peers within the Guards and friends of the family.
A good book? yup! and well worth the £20 that I paid for it.
I have also purchased in the past week, all three volumes (the fourth and final book is out in two years time) of Rifle Green in the Peninsular by George Caldwell and Robert Cooper, illustrated by James Dann and by published by Bugle Horn.
I have only read some 77 pages of volume one which covers the landing at Mondego Bay in Portugal, the battles of Rolica, Vimerio and the Cintra scandal.
Even though the books are obviously focused on the Rifle regiments, the battles themselves are also described in the bigger picture with each battle being accompanied with a battle map and the text holding a listing of the Allied OOB for each engagement and names of all
riflemen who were casualties at said battles, with vignette illustrations and black & white photos of the prominent parts of the battlefields. The other interesting thing about the books are the tables at the end of the books that lists names of those that were sick or died after returning to England from the evacuation of northern Spain. But the bonus about these books are the colour illustrations by James Dann 'four in each' portraying incidents of note.
All three books cost me £86 which if you include the £6 booklet on Waterloo by the same authors and which I hope will be here soon and Volume IV which I suspect will be in the £40 bracket; then the outlay will be a grand total of £132 and worth every penny
When I opened the parcel I noticed that Volume I, didn't have a dust jacket and I was about to contact the publishers when I noticed a 'with compliments' note inside the cover written by Robert Cooper (one of the authors) that says:
"Many thanks for your order; Volume I was produced without a dust jacket. A dust jacket may be produced with Volume IV in a couple of years time".
Regards, Robert Cooper.
For those interested, here is their website: