No military campaign has perhaps been studied as much as the Waterloo campaign of 1815. Yet, even though the number of publications about the campaign - or parts thereof - is vast, no study built from sources from all nations involved has been written on the subject. This study is such an attempt.
Historiography of the campaign of 1815 is obviously spread over at least four languages, but the English language has been chosen for this study. Yet, in order not to compromise in any way whatsoever on their original character, documents written during or after the campaign will be quoted only in the language they were originally written in.
While most of the chapters are accessible, others are not (yet). As more chapters will be finished, more will be added. Apart from that, the study will always be open for new viewpoints, improvements and additions.
All documents are designed as pdf-files and can accordingly be read with the Acrobat Reader.
As this study is supposed to be a comprehensive one, specific details will sometimes be treated in separate notes.
The moment archives were consulted, not all were always properly catalogued as they either had not been made accessible for public use at all or detailed indexes were not present. In those cases I have compiled these indexes myself and they can be found in the notes as well, which can be accessed through their own index. In these notes there is also a note containing a list of the abbreviations used.
The present study would not have been possible without the most helpful assistance I received from all the people of the archives, libraries and other institutions I consulted.
My most special thanks go to Erwin Muilwijk, who has given me so much support in so many ways since so many years.
I also would like to mention the following people as they provided me not only with source material but also with their enthusiasm for the subject: Peter Hofschröer, Ab Küchler, Jean-Jacques Pattyn, Mike Robinson and Geert van Uythoven. It is here that I would like to express my gratitude for their most helpful cooperation to make this study possible.
At the same time, I would like to express my thanks to Stephen Beckett, Michael Crumplin, Paul Dawson, André Dellevoet Serge Delloye, Anne Findlay, Francois Gianadda, Gareth Glover, Richard Goldsbrough, Ian Fletcher, lieutenant colonel J.F.Hibbert, Claude van Hoorebeeck, John Hussey, Alan Lagden, Tanya Loman, Frédéric Lourtie, Edwin Petterson, Robert Pocock, Francis Pousseur, Camille Pousseur, Schellenbergsche Verlagsbuchhandlung, William Schmidt, Michael-Andreas Tänzer and Gilles Viala for their cordial assistance.
Pierre de Wit – Emmen, the Netherlands