Friday, 19 June 2015

Battle of Waterloo

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Source: BBC

Why in news?
200th Anniversary commemorations held in UK, attended by Royal families too.

About Battle of Waterloo:

  • The battle was fought after French emperor Napoleon conquered large swathes of Europe, before being defeated by allied forces in 1814.
  • He was exiled to the Mediterranean island of Elba, but escaped the following year, and on 18 June 1815 his troops again faced the combined allied forces at Waterloo - about 10 miles from the Belgian capital, Brussels.
  • The battle started at 11:00 and ended by 20:30, with about 47,000 casualties
  • The decisive factor was the arrival of Prussian forces from the east, leading to Wellington's historic victory
  • A defeated Napoleon was exiled to the island of Saint Helena, where he died in 1821

[Source: BBC News]

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