Sir Barney White-Spunner KCB CBE has written extensively about country sports, as a correspondent for THE FIELD since 1992 and editor of BAILY’S HUNTING DIRECTORY, and its associated stable of publications, since 1994. In 1995 he was the Deputy Leader of the joint Chinese British Taklamakan Expedition, which made the first crossing of the Taklamakan desert from west to east, whilst revisiting many of the sites originally discovered by Sir Aurel Stein on the silk routes. A serving Major General in the British Army, he commanded the NATO operation to disarm the Albanian factions in Macedonia in 2001 and the Kabul Multi National Brigade, charged with security in Kabul following the fall of the Taliban, in 2002. He was also Chief of Staff of British Forces in the Middle East during the Iraq War, and ran the military relief operations for the Tsumami.
HORSE GUARDS, his history of the Household Cavalry, in which he has served since he was nineteen, is to be published by Pan Macmillan, and accompanies a BBC1 series of the same name.
Born in 1957, married to Moo who runs a chain of Montessori Schools, and with three children, he lives in Dorset.
He is currently writing THE SOLDIER’S WATERLOO, which will be published by Simon & Schuster in time for the anniversary in 2015.
History of the Household Cavalry to accompany BBC1 series.
PUBLICATION DATE: October 2006
For the first time a modern British history tells the story of the against the odds triumph of the Battle of Waterloo through the accounts of the regimental officers and soldiers whose bravery and resolution achieved victory. Waterloo was the first major battle in which the citizen soldier played an important part – a new class of soldier reflecting the Industrial Revolution, which had so transformed Britain in the preceding thirty years. In many ways it was an army that looked forward to the twentieth century rather than back to the eighteenth. It was also a battle fought and won by British soldiers who believed in what they were fighting for against a resurgent Napoleon. They were a remarkably literate army, and for the first time there are multiple accounts of personal experiences from a generation to whom education was becoming available. With a concise, fast moving account in four parts covering first the mobilisation and why people went; secondly the waiting before Waterloo, then the battle itself and finally the aftermath, ex-Commander of the British Army Barney White-Spunner tells the story through the experiences of those who fought there and their families, offering his unique perspective on the events. The story focuses on mens’ personal feelings and their relationships, with each other, their families, their leaders and their enemies. It tells the stories of their lives, what they had left behind and why and what they went back to. It vividly captures their daily routine, their life in camp and how they fought at first hand, their fear, excitement and exhaustion, as opposed to how generals manoeuvred formations around the battlefield. The Battle of Waterloo was one of the most significant ever fought by a British army, but it was also one of the most bloody with about 50,000 men losing their lives over three days. What was it like for those who fought and for their families waiting at home? This is their story.
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
PUBLICATION DATE: 26th March 2015
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