Quatre Bras (Black Watch at Bay) by William Barnes Wollen in the collection of Black Watch Museum.
The Battle of Waterloo, by William Sadler II
Alten as Minister of War
Quatre Bras (Black Watch at Bay) by William Barnes Wollen in the collection of Black Watch Museum.
The Battle of Waterloo, by William Sadler II
Statue in Hannover, Germany (Sculptor: Heinrich Kümmel).
Map of the Waterloo campaign
The strategic situation in Western Europe in 1815: 250,000 Frenchmen faced about 850,000 allied soldiers on four fronts. In addition, Napoleon was forced to leave 20,000 men in Western France to reduce a royalist insurrection.
General von Alten auf dem Schlachtfeld von Waterloo
The Prince of Orange (1815)
The resurgent Napoleon's strategy was to isolate the Anglo-allied and Prussian armies and annihilate each one separately.
The von-Alten-garden in Hanover on the grounds of his former house
Brunswickers during the Battle of Quatre-Bras.
The 1st Duke of Wellington, commander of the Anglo-allied Army
The Prince of Orange leads his Dutch troops at Quatre-Bras
Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, who had led one of the Coalition armies defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Leipzig, commanded the Prussian Army.
The 28th Regiment at Quatre Bras - (at approximately 17:00) - Elizabeth Thompson - (1875)
A 1816 map of the local topography and the location of the battle
Monument erected in remembrance of the battle
A view of the battlefield from the Lion's Mound. On the top right are the buildings of La Haye Sainte.
Monument to the British and Hanoverian Troops.
A map of the Waterloo campaign
Brunswick Monument.
The Battle of Mont-Saint-Jean
Monument to the Dutch Cavalry regiments.
Nassau troops at Hougoumont farm
Monument to the Belgians.
The gate on the north side assaulted by the 1st Légère who were led by Sous-lieutenant Legros
Map of the battle: Napoleon's units are in blue, Wellington's in red, Blücher's in grey.
La Haye Sainte – one of Wellington's advanced defensible positions. As the battle progressed it became clear that its defence and control was of greatest tactical importance.
The Battle of Waterloo by Clément-Auguste Andrieux
Scotland Forever!, the charge of the Scots Greys at Waterloo painted by Elizabeth Thompson
British Household Cavalry charging
Sergeant Ewart of the Scots Greys capturing the eagle of the 45e Ligne in The Fight For The Standard'' by Richard Ansdell
Private of the Chevau-légers of the line (lancers) who routed the Union Brigade
Dutch Belgian carabiniers at Waterloo.
Jan Willem Pieneman's The Battle of Waterloo (1824). Duke of Wellington, centre, flanked on his left by Lord Uxbridge in hussar uniform. On the image's far left, Cpl. Styles of the Royal Dragoons flourishes the eagle of the 105e Ligne. The wounded Prince of Orange is carried from the field in the foreground.
Marshal Ney leading the French cavalry charge, from Louis Dumoulin's Panorama of the Battle of Waterloo
French Cuirassiers, by Louis Dumoulin
"The artillery officers had the range so accurately, that every shot and shell fell into the very centre of their masses" (Original inscription and drawing after George Jones)
A British square puts up dogged resistance against attacking French cavalry
2nd Guard Lancers with the Grenadiers à Cheval in support
The storming of La Haye Sainte by Knötel
The Prussian attack on Plancenoit painted by Adolph Northen
Situation from 17:30 to 20:00
Napoleon addresses the Old Guard as it prepares to attack the Anglo-allied centre at Waterloo
Grenadier of the Old Guard in Le Grenadier by Édouard Detaille
General David Hendrik Chassé
Chassé leads the advance of his division
British 10th Hussars of Vivian's Brigade (red shakos – blue uniforms) attacking mixed French troops, including a square of Guard grenadiers (left, middle distance) in the final stages of the battle
The storming of Plancenoit by Ludwig Elsholtz
Carabinier-à-Cheval cuirass holed by a cannonball at Waterloo, belonging to Antoine Fauveau (Musée de l'Armée)
Lord Hill invites the last remnants of the French Imperial Guard to surrender, painted by Robert Alexander Hillingford.
"The morning after the battle of Waterloo", by John Heaviside Clark, 1816
Invasion of France by the Seventh Coalition armies in 1815
Sir David Wilkie, The Chelsea Pensioners reading the Waterloo Dispatch, 1822
The Lion's Mound at Waterloo
"The Field of Waterloo", by J. M. W. Turner, 1818

The Battle of Quatre Bras was fought on 16 June 1815, as a preliminary engagement to the decisive Battle of Waterloo that occurred two days later.

- Battle of Quatre Bras

At the Battle of Waterloo, he commanded a division in the front line, where he was wounded.

- Charles, Count Alten

Also on 16 June, a small portion of the French army contested the Battle of Quatre Bras with the Anglo-allied army.

- Battle of Waterloo

Parts of the division were heavily engaged at the Battle of Quatre Bras.

- Charles, Count Alten

At 17:00 the timely arrival of the British 3rd Division (Alten), coming in from Nivelles, tipped the numerical balance back in favour of the allies.

- Battle of Quatre Bras

During this time many of Wellington's generals and aides were killed or wounded including FitzRoy Somerset, Canning, de Lancey, Alten and Cooke.

- Battle of Waterloo
Quatre Bras (Black Watch at Bay) by William Barnes Wollen in the collection of Black Watch Museum.

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