Published on June 18th, 2015 | by admin0
The Bicentenary Of The Battle Of Waterloo
Following the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta commemoration event at Runnymede earlier this week, today is the 200th anniversary since the Battle of Waterloo took place. The Battle of Waterloo saw around 25,000 allied soldiers perish in the conflict which settled the fate of Europe at that time.
As well as a commemorative coin struck to mark the anniversary, a set of special stamps in the Battle of Waterloo presentation pack is available here at the Post Office Shop which has been issued to mark 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo took place and depict some of the key moments of the conflict.
Conclusion of almost 20 years of conflict
The Battle of Waterloo which took place in Belgium, marked the end of nearly 20 years of conflict in Europe. It was the final defeat of the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and Michael Ney by the Anglo-allied army led by the Duke of Wellington and the Prussian army leader, Gebhard Von Blucher. Between them the Duke of Wellington and Gebhard Von Blucher led around 118,000 troops to battle against their French counterparts.
Marking the end of the tyrant rule of Napoleon as the emperor of France, the Battle of Waterloo was one of the most famous battles in British history that was the culmination of two decades of discord.
Emergence of modern Europe
It is widely acknowledged that the end of the Battle of Waterloo marked the birth of modern Europe and heralded a significant period of peace across the continent.
One of the key locations of the battle of Waterloo was at Hougoumont which saw some of the fiercest fighting of the conflict. Now part of Belgium, back in 1815 it was actually part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands as it was known then.
Prince Charles has visited the Belgian battlefield and unveiled a memorial at Hougoumont Farm which depicts two life-size soldiers struggling to close the farm’s north gate to save it from being overrun by the French.
A two-day re-enactment of the 1815 battle is also scheduled to recall the war between Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington which is remembered as one of the most famous battles in British history.
There is also a national memorial service taking place at St Paul’s Cathedral today to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.