First edition published in English 2009 by Frontline Books. an imprint of Pen &Sword books
Friedrich Landau, a remarkable soldier of the King’s German Legion, captured at the battle of La Haye Sainte, had served with distinction under Wellington and was involved in numerous major engagements, including Albuera, Badajoz, Salamanca, Victoria, San Sebastian, Nivelle and Nive.
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Black 'cloth' bound book with bright gilt title to spine - No inscriptions - Condition FINE. Dust wrapper at least NEAR FINE condition.
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Dust jacket blurbs:
A Waterloo Hero
The Reminiscences of FRIEDRICH LINDAU
Two hundred years ago, on 4 July 1809, Friedrich Landau ran away from his home in Hamelin, in the north German state of Hanover. Aged twenty-one, he had his heart set on travelling to England and joining the army. Despite his brother’s efforts to catch and dissuade him, by August of the same year he had arrived in Bexhill and enlisted with the King’s German Legion.
In his six years of service Lindau was involved in countless skirmishes and was rightly recognised for his efforts: he was awarded the Waterloo Medal and also the Guelphic Medal, a tribute to his courage at the siege of San Sebastian and the defence of La Haye Sainte at Waterloo. He was, by no mean, an exemplary soldier: Lindau was a thief and a rogue and believed to have killed a man during a bar brawl in 1814.
He was finally discharged from the King’s Legion on 24 October 1816, just a year before the Legion was disbanded. During its thirteen-year existence, 20,000 NCOs and men had enlisted: as many as one in five died, either in battle, at sea, from disease or other causes. The story of Friedrich Landau’s travels and survival is unique.