Battle of Waterloo
Today marks the 199th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, the last great battle of the Napoleonic Wars. The battle saw 74,000 French men clash with a allied army made up of British, Belgian, Dutch, Prussian and other smaller German states numbering some 118,000.
Perhaps the best known battle of the Napoleonic Wars because of it’s almost cinematic unfolding. With the triumphant return of the exiled Napoleon finally meeting the renowned British commander the Duke of Wellington in a climactic last roll of the dice. The close run nature of the battle itself and the dozens of what-ifs which surround it have all combined to place the Battle of Waterloo in the pantheon of great historical military engagements.
Due to this status many of the finest artists of the 19th century chose the famous battle as subject matter, creating some of the period’s most iconic and arresting military-themed paintings - further cementing the battle’s position in the public’s mind. Next year will mark the 200th anniversary of the battle with commemorations set to mark the engagement in Belgium.
Image One - map of dispositions at the beginning of the battle
Image Two - Battle of Waterloo by William Sadler
Image Three - Scotland Forever by Elizabeth Butler
Image Four - Charge of the French Cuirassiers at Waterloo by Henri Félix Emmanuel Philippoteaux
Image Five - Prussian Attack Plancenoit by Adolf Northern
Image Six - The Morning After by John Heaviside Clark