BEST WEB­SITES: NAPOLEONIC WARS

The bi­cen­te­nary of the Bat­tle of Water­loo means that there’s never been a bet­ter time to re­search an­ces­tors who fought in the Napoleonic Wars, writes

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With the bi­cen­te­nary of the Bat­tle of Water­loo upon us, there’s never been a bet­ter time to re­search an­ces­tors who fought in the Napoleonic Wars

In June there is a huge num­ber of events, ex­hi­bi­tions, com­mem­o­ra­tions, pro­grammes, books, reen­act­ments and more, all fo­cus­ing on the ‘ bat­tle that changed his­tory’, forged mod­ern Europe and brought to an end con­flict with France that had con­tin­ued since the 18th cen­tury.

Of course, there are many Army and Navy records from the era that have been digi­tised, plus all man­ner of de­tailed web­sites that fo­cus on in­di­vid­ual bat­tles and en­gage­ments, com­man­ders, ves­sels, uni­forms, reg­i­ments and more.

In­deed, the level of in­ter­est in all things Napoleonic means that not only do you have a num­ber of cen­tralised sources for re­search in­for­ma­tion, such as The Na­tional Ar­chives, but also a raft of en­cy­clopaedic en­thu­si­ast web­sites and fo­rums that can of­fer dizzy­ing lev­els of de­tail.

The charge of the Royal Scots Greys

at Water­loo on 18 June 1815

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