Napoleon and the Battle of Waterloo

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Napoleon and the Battle of Waterloo
Napoleon’s last battle, the infamous Battle of Waterloo, was fought on Sunday 18 June 1815 near Waterloo in present-day Belgium. Ithappened when a French army under the command of Napoleon was defeated by the united armies of the Seventh Coalition, one an Anglo-Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington, and the other a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard von Blücher. Many people say that the Battle of Waterloo was the culminating battle of the Waterloo Campaign and Napoleon's last battle ever. When he was defeated at Waterloo, he lost his title as Emperor.
Waterloo itself is just a small town a few miles south of Brussels, Belgium. It's an inconspicuous town, with a church, some inns, and a few homes and old stone farmhouses with lots of open fields. The Battle of Waterloo, as it has come to be known, is always included on lists of battles that changed the course of history. Napoleon was considered one of the greatest generals ever, yet he is often defined by this one terrific loss at the end of his career. The word has entered our language: when someone has met their Waterloo, it means they’ve been finally defeated.
The Battle of Waterloo began with Napoleon being declared an outlaw by the Congress of Vienna. They did not like Napoleon because he had declared himself emperor. Also, he was marching on Paris, in his bid to solidify his role as Emperor. Waterloo, it turned out, was not only a strategic point on the road to Paris, but it was built such that it made a good battlefield.
That Sunday, the generals of the two armies didn’t seem to head to battle with much urgency. The Duke of Wellington rose around 02:00 or 03:00 on the morning and wrote letters until dawn. After 06:00 Wellington was out supervising the deployment of his forces. Napoleon, in the other army, breakfasted off silver at Le Caillou,…...

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