Background to Waterloo

The Battle of Waterloo took place on 18 June 1815. It ended with the decisive victory for both armies: that of the allies, commanded by the Duke of Wellington, comprising British, German (contingents from Hannover, Brunswick and Nassau) and Dutch (Belgian and Holland) troops and the Prussians, commanded by Marshal Blücher; both came up against the Northern Army from France led by Emperor Napoleon I.

The Commune of Waterloo is located around twenty kilometres south of Brussels, in Belgium. However, the fighting did not actually take place in Waterloo, but a little further to the south, in the current communes of Lasne and Braine-l'Alleud. In France, the battle has often been called the "Battle of Mont Saint-Jean", the more precise location of the actual combat. In Germany, it is called the "Battle of the Belle -Alliance".

This is the final battle in which Napoleon took part, having taken control of France during the One Hundred Days. Despite his desire to continue fighting with the new forces, he lacked political backing and had to abdicate four days after returning from Paris.


Thousands of participants from across many countries will meet on the battle ground for a large-scale historical reconstruction. Waterloo in June 2015!

Everyone will be in period clothing, with bivouacs and combats opposing Napoleon's troops with Blücher's and Wellington’s troops

2015 will mark the bicentenary of this major event!

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