Gotta a great response from Scott Bowden including information about a forthcoming Napoleonic Wars book;
Hi Geraint, thanks for your post and kind words. I am returning soon to the Napoleonic world, as there are currently three projects in various stages of completion. The first to appear will probably be my decades-long investigation into ALL of Napoleon's Imperial armies of the Hundred Days epoch. It is a fascinating story that is long overdue for an in-depth English language study and analysis. I believe that the entire, very complex story involving the myriad of aspects in the formation of the French armies of this period is something that needs to be fully told. As of this moment, I imagine that this title should appear by late 2022, as the images, color maps and color diagrams are currently being collected and/or in the process of development.
With regards who was better---Davout or Wellington? I consider both to be generals of the first class. Therefore, if the forces were as they were in 1815, then Davout would have an edge insofar as quality of army (Nord) is concerned. But then there are unknowns, such as mistakes by staff and field subordinates, plus more...and it is ALWAYS more difficult with offensive operations than it is conducting defensive operations. Having said all that, I think that Davout, seconded by able subordinates such as Grouchy, Vandamme, Gerard, Kellermann and others, would have been very, very difficult to beat.