...I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they frighten me... Lord Wellington to Lady Richmond as they observed two drunken British soldiers from a window just before the battle of Waterloo.

The Battle of Waterloo, 18th June 1815, was fought thirteen kilometres south of Brussels between the French, under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte, and the Allied armies commanded by the Duke of Wellington from Britain and General Blücher from Prussia. The French defeat at Waterloo drew to a close 23 years of war beginning with the French Revolutionary wars in 1792 and continuing with the Napoleonic Wars from 1803. There was a brief eleven-month respite when Napoleon was forced to abdicate, exiled to the island of Elba. However, the unpopularity of Louis XVIII and the economic and social instability of France motivated him to return to Paris in March 1815. The Allies soon declared war once again. Napoleon's final defeat at Waterloo marked the end of the Emperor's final bid for power, the so-called '100 Days', and the final chapter in his remarkable career. more...

"...It has been a damned serious business - Blücher and I have lost 30,000 men. It has been a damned nice thing - the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life...By God! I don't think it would have done if I had not been there..." Lord Wellington after the Battle of Waterloo

To read an interesting yet morbid result of Waterloo go here...

An other description of the battle may be found here...

A remarkable book about a newlywed woman Lady Magdalene De Lancey, (wife of Colonel Sir William De Lancey) who tended to her husbands mortal wounds, entitled "Lady De Lancey at Waterloo: A Story of Duty and Devotion" Delanceys father was a loyalist during the American Revolution.

"Waterloo: A Near Run Thing" by David Howarth, a most interesting and engrossing book on the battle.


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