The Bat­tle of Waterloo

In­spir­ing, Hor­ri­fy­ing, Eter­nally Re­mem­bered

Provincial Living - - Contents - By David Jack­son-Grose

We go “back in time” to the Bat­tle of Waterloo.

able to re­spond swiftly. They im­me­di­ately formed the Sev­enth Coali­tion. The Al­lies of Bri­tain, Prus­sia, Aus­tria and Rus­sia each com­mit­ted to put 150,000 sol­diers into the field to de­feat Napoleon, once and for all.

Di­vide and con­quer

Napoleon con­ceived an au­da­cious plan to con­cen­trate what forces he could muster in the north of France to at­tack the two Al­lied armies that would be ready to en­gage with him first. These were the An­glo-Dutch army of 93,000 men un­der the Duke of Welling­ton and the Prus­sian army of 116,000 men led by Gen­eral von Blücher.

With an army of 124,000 sol­diers, Napoleon in­tended to force a wedge be­tween his op­po­nents be­fore de­feat­ing each of them in quick suc­ces­sion.

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