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Waterloo: A Foregone Conclusion at The Spring

Waterloo: A Foregone Conclusion at The Spring

Lecture

Napoleon’s four-day campaign to capture Brussels in 1815 was a fraught affair involving four battles, three armies, 350,000 men and 90,000 casualties. It became known as the “Waterloo Campaign” and Wellington said of it: “It has been a nice run thing – the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life.”

From that remark, journalists reported that the Battle of Waterloo, which took place on Sunday 18 June, was a near run thing. That description suited both Wellington and Napoleon, it suited the British and the French, and, for 200 years, historians have nobly worked out accounts of the battle so as not to upset what was written, only adding to the story to make it more exciting. A full account is long overdue. And this is it.

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