The Battle of Waterloo

May 22, 2012 | In: European Battles, Modern battles


Waterloo still exists in our days. It’s situated in Belgium and approximately 20.000 people live there. Although it’s a small town, it’s responsible for the most income of the region, because of its cultural and touristic potential.

The city owes its fame to the famous battle from the 18th of June, 1815. The battle was fought between the French, ruled by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Allied armies under the command of the Duke of Wellington and General Blucher.

After Napoleon regained power in March 1815, a new European Coalition stopped the French armies at France’s borders. Napoleon decided to strike first, attacking both the Prussian and the British armies, both cantoned in Belgium. A few minor confrontations took place around Charleroi and then Ligny and Quatre Bras. Although these battles ended with the French winning, they weren’t decisive, and so, in June, on the battlefield of Waterloo, the allied forces made efforts and won the battle. During the actual fight, a third of the French army was detached to hold the enemy from marching forward, took the wrong road and was captured by a small number of Prussian warriors.

Following the defeat from Waterloo, the remaining French army, regrouped along the river Sambre, under the command of General Soult, then Grouchy, retreated to France, waiting the Coalition offense.

The battle loss from Waterloo meant that Napoleon had to take drastic measures in order to regain strength. When he got to Paris, the Senate didn’t support him anymore and so, was forced to abdicate on the 22nd of June.

 


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