Without the timely arrival of the brave 72-year-old Blucher at the head of his Prussian army, the course of history could well have taken a dramatic turn. As well as telling the full story of Waterloo and Blucher's part in it, this book, containing letters and personal accounts, details a career which spanned the entire Napoleonic era. No other general clashed so many times with Bonaparte, and Blucher's life epitomizes the excitement and horror of this fascinating, yet bloody, period.
Roger Parkinson obtained his B.A. in War Studies at King's College, London University. For seven years he was defence corresponent for The Scotsman. He is the author of many books including Clausewitz, a biography of the great Prussian strategist, The American Revolution, and a four-volume history of the Second World War - Peace for Our Time / Blood Toil Tears and Sweat / A Day's March Nearer Home / Dawn on Our Darkness - based on the War Cabinet papers.