Having spent 4 days in Wavre close to Waterloo and not have seen the place where one of the famous battles was held?
Not me! Not even Irina and Asslan! We left the stadium in Wavre where FCI WM was going on and went to Waterloo. It took us three hours to see and climb the Lion’s Mound, to visit the Panorama of the Battlefield and watch Bivouac de l'Empereur hostel from apart, having took a photo with the Imperator.
The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815 near Waterloo.
An Imperial French army under the command of Emperor Napoleon was defeated by the armies of the Seventh Coalition, comprising an Anglo-Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington combined with a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard von Blücher.
It was the culminating battle of the Waterloo Campaign and Napoleon's last. The defeat at Waterloo ended his rule as Emperor of the French, marking the end of his Hundred Days return from exile.
The Battle of Waterloo, which changed the course of European history, pitted French emperor Napoleon, who had recently escaped from his 1st exile on the island of Elba, vs. the allied forces of Europe under Wellington which included the British, Belgians, Germans, and Dutch and backed by the Prussian army. After 9 hours and 15,000 men killed in battle, the allies emerged victorious and Napoleon was forced to abdicate again, this time exiled to St. Helena where he spent the rest of his life.
From the top of the Lion's Mound you can see part of the problem that Napoleon's army faced, although not dramatic, the allies held the upper ground and the French faced an uphill battle, compounded by a wet and muddy battlefield.
In short, Napoleon, the french emperor, after having conquered most of Europe (but England) started to see the decline of his empire following the Rusian campain in 1812(Berezina is now a common expression)
He has finally been exiled a first time into the Isle of Elba.
He however managed to escape and to gather again the French around him. However he only fought back for 100 days. He has finally been defeated in 1815 during the battle of Waterloo by Wellington (English), Blucher (Prussian) and Guillaume of Orange (Dutch).
this time he was sent on exile in the middle of the Atlantic ocean (Saint Helena) where he died in 1821 (rumors say he could have been poisonned)