History Of War Issue 60
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Published 4th October
By the evening of 18 June 1815, over 40,000 soldiers lay dead, wounded or missing in the bloody field of Waterloo. Napoleon’s army, and the emperor himself, were in full retreat, and the Anglo-Prussian allies were victorious.
However, as the French fled the field, one square of battle-hardened Old Guard stood firm and refused to surrender. This was the resolute last stand of veteran troops, many of whom had served during the height of the Grande Armée’s powers.
In Issue 60 historian Dr. Bernard Wilkin explores the origins of Napoleon’s elite Imperial Guard – discover how they gained their superior reputation, how the Emperor deployed them in combat and their tragic last stand at Waterloo.
Elsewhere in this issue, WWII commando veteran reveals his experiences behind enemy lines in Norway, fighting in the Siege of Malta, and eventual capture on the island of Leros in 1943. Meanwhile author Leigh Neville spoke with four Delta Force operatives who fought in the infamous Battle of Mogadishu – Black Hawk Down.
Also this month, director Peter Jackson reveals his work with the Imperial War Museum, restoring grainy WWI footage into a stunning 90-minute feature film. The feature includes never before seen crisp colour film, combined with archive interviews with the veterans themselves.