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the "Large Model"
The end result is, inevitably, flawed, in that it's very much from a British point of view, but it is a fascinating historical document.
I own a couple of books that have arisen from it: one is a collection by H.T. Siborne (his second son and a Major General) of the research letters, published as "The Waterloo Letters: Accounts of the battle by British Officers for its Foremost Historian". I can thoroughly recommend this as a fascinating read if you have any interest at all in the battle.
The other is the markedly more controversial "Wellington's Smallest Victory" by Peter Hofschröer, which is more a biography of Siborne and portrays the relationship between Siborne and Wellington as distinctly acrimonious, and Wellington as unwilling to have the models give any sense of the Prussians being the saviours of the day. Another interesting read, for different reasons.
Why now, you may ask? Well - at Hammerhead I ran into the Royal Armouries in Leeds' Communications Officer, Kirsty Rogers, who was casing the show for nefarious purposes (*grin*) to do with the Waterloo 200th (and also being the only person to make it to the chopper in the RAF club's Predator game!). Checking them out on twitter, I came across this:
Read about our conservation of Siborne’s #Waterloo #Model & how you can get involved. #ConservationLive! http://t.co/A7DAiHqmQT
— Royal Armouries (@Royal_Armouries) February 26, 2015
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there's also 'A Model Victory' by Malcolm Balen. While quite a short book, I really enjoyed.ReplyDelete
Part of the model is on display at the National Army Museum in London.
It's very frustrating to visit the battlefield - you can get some idea of the ground, but there's that gurt mound that dominates everything.ReplyDelete