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Wellington’s Smallest Victory

Peter Hofschroer

Wellington’s Smallest Victory: The Story of William Siborne & Great Model of Waterloo by Peter Hofschroer tells the incredible story of the Duke of Wellington’s furious reaction to a simple model built of the Battle of Waterloo.

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‘A first-class work of historical investigation.’ Andrew Roberts, author of Napoleon and Wellington

The extraordinary story of how one man’s obsession to build a huge model of Waterloo – the greatest model of the greatest battle of all time – incurred the wrath of the Duke of Wellington.

‘A book that should be read and pondered deeply by anyone interested even vaguely in the Napoleonic wars . . . Hofschröer’s impeccable research shows that the Iron Duke was guilty of self-regarding pettiness, obsessive vanity, spin-doctoring and a shameful vendetta against a man whose only crime was to tell the truth.’ Daily Express

‘Mightily impressive.’ Richard Holmes, author of Redcoat

‘This important book reveals what happens when a loyal subject runs up against an establishment that will stop at nothing to suppress the truth.’ Guardian


Peter Hofschröer, a specialist in Napoleonic history, is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning two-volume study 1815 – The Waterloo Campaign (Greenhill Books). Find out more here.

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