Battle of Waterloo

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The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.wikipedia
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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Duke of WellingtonWellingtonArthur Wellesley
A French army under the command of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition: a British-led Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington, and a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Prince of Wahlstatt.
His victory against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 puts him in the first rank of Britain's military heroes.

Battle of Quatre Bras

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On 16 June Napoleon successfully attacked the bulk of the Prussian army at the Battle of Ligny with his main force, while at the same time a portion of the French army attacked an Allied army at the Battle of Quatre Bras.
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.

Waterloo Campaign: Ligny through Wavre to Waterloo

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Napoleon sent a third of his forces to pursue the Prussians, who had withdrawn parallel to Wellington in good order.
After their defeat at the Battle of Ligny (16 June 1815) the Prussians successfully disengaged and withdrew to north to Wavre where they reorganised and then three corps advanced westward to attack the right flank of the French army at the Battle of Waterloo.

Waterloo Campaign

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Waterloo was the decisive engagement of the Waterloo Campaign and Napoleon's last.
Initially the French army was commanded by Napoleon Bonaparte, but he left for Paris after the French defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.

Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher

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A French army under the command of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition: a British-led Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington, and a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Prince of Wahlstatt.
He earned his greatest recognition after leading his army against Napoleon I at the Battle of the Nations at Leipzig in 1813 and the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Waterloo, Belgium

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The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. The battlefield is located in the municipalities of Braine-l'Alleud and Lasne, about 15 km south of Brussels, and about 2 km from the town of Waterloo.
It is north of Braine-l'Alleud, which is the site of the Battle of Waterloo, where the resurgent Napoleon was defeated for the final time in 1815.

Battle of Ligny

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On 16 June Napoleon successfully attacked the bulk of the Prussian army at the Battle of Ligny with his main force, while at the same time a portion of the French army attacked an Allied army at the Battle of Quatre Bras.
While the French troops did force the enemy to retreat, the Prussian army survived and went on to play a pivotal role two days later at the Battle of Waterloo, reinforced by IV Prussian corps that had not participated in the battle at Ligny.

Napoleon

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A French army under the command of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition: a British-led Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington, and a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Prince of Wahlstatt.
The Allies responded by forming a Seventh Coalition which defeated him at the Battle of Waterloo in June.

Napoleonic Wars

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The battle marked the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
The Allies responded with the Seventh Coalition, defeating Napoleon permanently at Waterloo in June 1815 and exiling him to St Helena, a British territory midway between Africa and Brazil, where he died six years later.

Hundred Days

Hundred Days CampaignWar of the Seventh CoalitionSeventh Coalition
A French army under the command of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition: a British-led Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington, and a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Prince of Wahlstatt.
This set the stage for the last conflict in the Napoleonic Wars, the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, the restoration of the French monarchy for the second time and the permanent exile of Napoleon to the distant island of Saint Helena, where he died in May 1821.

Congress of Vienna

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On 13 March 1815, six days before Napoleon reached Paris, the powers at the Congress of Vienna declared him an outlaw.
The Congress's "final act" was signed nine days before his final defeat at Waterloo on 18 June 1815.

Battle of Wavre

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This resulted in the separate and simultaneous Battle of Wavre with the Prussian rear-guard.
A blocking action, this battle kept 33,000 French soldiers from reaching the Battle of Waterloo and so helped in the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo.

Prince Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1792–1862)

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He hastily ordered his army to concentrate on Quatre Bras, where the Prince of Orange, with the brigade of Prince Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar, was holding a tenuous position against the soldiers of Ney's left wing.
He fought at the Battle of Quatre Bras and the Battle of Waterloo where he commanded the 2nd Brigade of the 2nd Dutch Division and became a Chief Commander of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army

British Army

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A French army under the command of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition: a British-led Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington, and a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Prince of Wahlstatt.
A coalition of Anglo-Dutch and Prussian armies under the Duke of Wellington and Field Marshal von Blücher finally defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815.

Brussels

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The battlefield is located in the municipalities of Braine-l'Alleud and Lasne, about 15 km south of Brussels, and about 2 km from the town of Waterloo.
The French rule ended in 1815, with the defeat of Napoleon on the battlefield of Waterloo, located south of today's Brussels-Capital Region.

Braine-l'Alleud

Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium
The battlefield is located in the municipalities of Braine-l'Alleud and Lasne, about 15 km south of Brussels, and about 2 km from the town of Waterloo.
The famous Lion of Waterloo where the eponymous battle took place is in the territory of Braine-l'Alleud.

Lion's Mound

Lion of Waterloo
The site of the battlefield today is dominated by a large monument, the Lion's Mound.
It commemorates the location on the battlefield of Waterloo where a musket ball hit the shoulder of William II of the Netherlands (the Prince of Orange) and knocked him from his horse during the battle.

Emperor of the French

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A French army under the command of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition: a British-led Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington, and a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Prince of Wahlstatt.
Napoleon's reign lasted until 22 June 1815, when he was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo, exiled and imprisoned on the island of Saint Helena, where he died on 5 May 1821.

Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey

Lord PagetLord UxbridgeThe Marquess of Anglesey
The Duke of York imposed many of his staff officers on Wellington, including his second-in-command the Earl of Uxbridge.
During the Hundred Days he led the charge of the heavy cavalry against Comte d'Erlon's column at the Battle of Waterloo.

Jean-Baptiste Drouet, Comte d'Erlon

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On the right was I Corps under d'Erlon with 16,000 infantry and 1,500 cavalry, plus a cavalry reserve of 4,700.
D'Erlon notably commanded the I Corps of the Armée du Nord at the battle of Waterloo.

La Haye Sainte

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On the western side of the main road, and in front of the rest of Wellington's line, was the farmhouse and orchard of La Haye Sainte, which was garrisoned with 400 light infantry of the King's German Legion.
It has changed very little since it played a crucial part in the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815.

United Kingdom of the Netherlands

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The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.
William used the occasion to declare himself king on 16 March 1815 as William I. After the Battle of Waterloo, discussions continued.

Lancer

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The cavalry in particular was both numerous and formidable, and included fourteen regiments of armoured heavy cavalry, and seven of highly versatile lancers who were armed with lances, sabres and firearms.
At the Battle of Waterloo, French lances were "nearly three meters (about nine feet, ten inches) long, weighed three kilograms (about six pounds, ten ounces), and had a steel point on a wooden staff," according to historian Alessandro Barbero.

Hendrik George de Perponcher Sedlnitsky

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The grande batterie was too far back to aim accurately, and the only other troops they could see were skirmishers of the regiments of Kempt and Pack, and Perponcher's 2nd Dutch division (the others were employing Wellington's characteristic "reverse slope defence").
He commanded the 2nd Netherlands Division at the Battle of Quatre Bras and the Battle of Waterloo.

Waterloo Elm

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Near the crossroads with the Brussels road was a large elm tree that was roughly in the centre of Wellington's position and served as his command post for much of the day.
It was the Duke of Wellington's command post for much of the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815).