Bernard Coppens, a Belgian historian and former Waterloo resident:
"Napoleon never set a foot in Waterloo—it’s a fact.”
We are observing 100th anniversary of World War I (1914-1918) since last year and the most relevant word that comes to mind while doing so is slaughter.
200 years ago on that Sunday too thousands of men were slaughtered. Lest we forget, thousands of horses too died.
Most of the Battle of Waterloo took place a few miles south of real Waterloo, in Braine-l’Alleud and Plancenoit. The battle got its name because the victor, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, penned his official report from his Waterloo headquarters.
I have also been curious about how and when the news of the battle reached shores of India.
How did, if at all, the Maratha's, themselves a dying (if not already dead) empire, learn about it? After all Wellesley had earlier won a decisive victory over the Maratha Confederacy at the Battle of Assaye in 1803.
One of the most interesting commentary, I have read, on the battle has come from Andrew Roberts in '
Jenny Uglow writes about it:
"But his great painting, The Field of Waterloo, of 1818, shows a scene of slaughter rather than triumph. Here the exuberance of all the satirical prints and dashing military watercolors is forgotten. Instead the opposing nations mingle and the divisions of rank vanish, as the women hunt by the light of a flaming torch, to find those they love among the tangled bodies."