The courage of the British troops at Waterloo has been rightly praised, but the fact that one-third of the forces which gave the Duke of Wellington his narrow victory were subjects of the King of the Netherlands has been almost completely ignored. Drawing on close study of Dutch sources, Veronica Baker-Smith proves that the Dutch-Belgians—who had been dismissed as incompetent and cowardly—saved Wellington from disaster at Quatre Bras. At Waterloo, these troops also proved their mettle, and here Baker-Smith exonerates their performance and re-evaluates their much-maligned commander, the Prince of Orange.
Wellington's Hidden Heroes: The Dutch and the Belgians at Waterloo
Author: Veronica Baker-Smith.