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Back Issue, Summer 2000: Number 16

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Cowards at Waterloo?

A re-examination of Bijlandt's Dutch-Belgian Brigade in the campaign of 1815

Of the many acrimonious debates which have emerged in the aftermath of the battle of Waterloo, none has hurt national pride as much as accusations of cowardice regarding the performance of the Dutch-Belgian troops serving under the Duke of Wellington. Using newly translated Dutch and Belgian primary material, and statistical analysis, the facts surrounding the behavior of Bijlandt's (or Bylandt's) Brigade early on the afternoon of that fateful day can now be separated from long-held myths.

By André Dellevoet
With artwork by Keith Rocco and Steven Palatka

A Nazi Blitz Survivor and "Romantic Academic" at The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst

An Interview with Dr. Christopher Duffy

Born in London in 1936, Christopher Duffy experienced war as a child when in 1941 a German bomb missed an aircraft factory and hit his home. After completing his higher education at Oxford, Duffy faced a career choice between pharmaceuticals or history. In 1961 he became one of the few professors in the new Department of Military History at Sandhurst. Duffy does not consider himself a natural university academic and admits that Europe before the French Revolution is most interesting to him. His noblesse oblige and wonderful wit help characterize Duffy, in sentiment and spirit, as one of the last members of the ancien régime. (Eighth in our series of interviews with notable Napoleonic scholars.)

By Dana Lombardy

How Did Napoleon Die?

The latest in the on-going poisoning versus cancer debate

The controversy over Napoleon's death raised by Ben Weider continues to receive international attention. The conference sponsored by Weider in Paris in May led to a major examination of the subject in one of France's leading magazines, Le Figaro.

Staff Report

Marengo 2000 – A Muddy Bicentennial

200 years ago Napoleon Bonaparte fought his first major battle after becoming head of France. It was the second campaign he conducted in Northern Italy, the same area he had won recognition and fame as a young general four years before. Unlike the campaign of 1796-97, in 1800 the 30-year-old First Consul's political office was at stake. Here we offer a report on the 200th anniversary celebration of the reenactment of Napoleon's crucial victory recently held in Italy.

Special Report by Dave Hollins
Photos by Alfred Umhey and Dave Hollins

A Tribute to John R. Elting

After a short illness, Colonel John Robert Elting passed away on 25 May at the age of 89. Several of his sixteen books are considered classics. A sometimes humorous interview of Elting appeared in Napoleon #10. Here are tributes by a few of the many who admired and mourn him, including Owen Connelly, author of Blundering to Glory: Napoleon's Military Campaigns, George Nafziger, author of Imperial Bayonets, Paddy Griffith, author of The Art of War of Revolutionary France, and other colleagues.


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