The Eagle's Last Triumph: Napoleon's Victory at Ligny, June 1815 (Paperback)
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Napoleon won his final victory on 16th June 1815 at Ligny, shortly before suffering a crushing defeat at Waterloo. Facing two enemy armies under Wellington and Blucher he aimed his main attack against Blucher's Prussians at Ligny and diverted Wellington's attention by engaging his forward elements at Quatre Bras.
The Eagle's Last Triumph provides a detailed examination of these neglected early campaigns, with a riveting description of the fighting and eyewitness testimony. The author shows just how close Napoleon came to winning a crushing victory at the start of the campaign. He also shows Blucher was unhorsed and nearly captured in the evening of Ligny and how this could have had a decisive impact on subsequent events.
A vivid military epic, providing a cogent explanation of why Napoleon, victorious at Ligny, met with defeat two days later.