A Bold and Ambitious Enterprise: The British Army in the Low Countries, 1813-1814

A Bold and Ambitious Enterprise: The British Army in the Low Countries, 1813-1814

by Andrew Bamford


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The British campaign in the Low Countries in 1813-14 in support of the Dutch revolt against the French is one of the lesser-known campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars, but one, which the great historian of the British Army Sir John Fortescue wrote that it was impossible to understand the Waterloo campaign without a knowledge of. The book deals with all aspects of the campaign, from grand strategy, with the proposed marriage alliance between the House of Orange and the House of Hanover, to tactical analysis of the battles and sieges that took place, including the disastrous attack on Bergen-op-Zoom, where heroic British soldiers paid with their lives for their commanders’ failures. The problems of co-operation between the British and Prussians described here foreshadowed those, which would affect Wellington in 1815.

Illustrated with contemporary portraits, plans of the fortifications of Bergen and eight maps.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848326859
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 09/02/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Andrew Bamford completed a PhD in Military History at the University of Leeds in 2010, and now edits the From Reason to Revolution series for Helion.

Table of Contents

List of Plates vii

List of Maps ix

Introduction 1

Chapter I 'Not at Present in a Fit State' 6

Chapter II 'An Essential Service' 26

Chapter III 'First Blasts of Patriotism' 42

Chapter IV 'Experienced Troops Are So Much Wanted' 58

Chapter V 'We Drove Them Before Us Like Sheep' 79

Chapter VI 'A Want of Bon Foi' 101

Chapter VII 'A Fair Trial Against Antwerp' 122

Chapter VIII 'Want of Means and of Time' 142

Chapter IX 'We Might Get Hold of Bergen-op-Zoom' 158

Chapter X 'I Am in First' 177

Chapter XI 'Filled with Melancholy Forebodings' 197

Chapter XII 'Out-Generalled and Disgracefully Beaten' 219

Chapter XIII 'We Are Making Little Progress Here' 235

Epilogue 254


I Proposed and Actual Strengths for Graham's' Forces, December 1813 267

II Order of Battle for the First Advance on Antwerp, 10-16 January 1814 268

III Order of Battle for the Second Advance on Antwerp, 30 January-7 February 1814 270

IV British Casualties in the Second Advance on Antwerp 272

V Ordnance Employed in the Bombardment of Antwerp 274

VI British Casualties at Bergen-op-Zoom, 8-9 March 1814 275

VII British Forces in the Low Countries at the End of the War 276

Notes 278

Bibliography 297

Index 302

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