The Battle of Waterloo

The Battle of Waterloo

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  • The Battle of Waterloo
  • Let's restore France's power! Who's with me?!
  • I am!
  • me!
  • me!
  • I am!
  • We are going to take down Napoleon once and for all!
  • In 1814, the allied nations of Europe forced Napoleon Bonaparte into exile on the island of Elba near the Italian coast. When Napoleon escaped and returned to France one year later, he regained power and support.
  • Britain's Duke of Wellington and the commander of the Prussian Army, Gebhard von Blucher, reassembled the allied forces and prepared them to battle the French once again. 
  • After three days of intense war between the French and the allies, the Battle of Waterloo began on June 18, 1815. To make sure Napoleon was unaware of the strength of his army, Britain's Duke of Wellington ordered his defensive line to hide behind the slopes of a ridge.
  • Napoleon's younger brother, Jérôme Bonaparte, began the battle at midday with a diversionary assault against Hougoumont, a large farm house that was fortified by the allies. The British defensive line resisted the French forces, and Hougoumont never fell to the French.
  • Napoleon finally ordered the main assault against the allied forces. Fortunately for the British, the muddy ground slowed the assault, and they were able to drive back the French through a combination of heavy fire and well-timed counterattack.
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