197th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo!

18th June 1815 the Duke of Wellington led the Allied army in the final victory over Bonaparte. It was the first time that the two had met on the battlefield the final score was 1-0 to the Duke.

This was one of the most important battles of the 19th century, it changed the course of history, the Victorians commemorated it at every occasion in streets, schools, medals and one of the main railway termini in the capital.

In three years’ time it will be the bi-centennial of the battle, the UK government has decided that it would be ‘inappropriate’, to our neighbours, to mark the occasion in any major way, as we did with Trafalgar in 2005.

I understand that there will be special events on and  around  the Waterloo battlefield in June 2015, it may be worth digging the tent out and popping over.

Below is a link to a very interesting site. It not only gives a narrative of the battle but lists all of the British regiments that took part including their names they had then and the modern ones.

 

http://www.britishbattles.com/waterloo/waterloo-june-1815.htm

 

England Watch apologises to the guest writer for not putting this out yesterday!

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