June 18th, Napoleon defeated

Commander

Historum Emeritas
Jun 2006
1,362
Jacksonville, FL
#1
June 18, 1815

At Waterloo in Belgium, Napoleon Bonaparte suffers defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington, bringing an end to the Napoleonic era of European history.

At around 21:00 Wellington and Blücher met, signifying the end of the battle. Waterloo cost the Anglo-allied forces around 15,000 dead and wounded, and the Prussians some 7000. Napoleon lost 25,000 dead and injured. 8000 of his troops were taken prisoner.

After the French defeat at Waterloo and the final battle of the Napoleonic Wars at the Battle of Wavre, Napoleon was deposed and remained at large for some time in France before surrendering to the British. He was subsequently exiled to Saint Helena, where he died in 1821.
 
Jun 2006
309
Virginia, United States
#2
Well I am very glad that you mentioned Blucher and the Prussians because many people talking about Waterloo somehow manage to forget them. It is very important to remember that the Prussians were the ones who sealed the victory. The British, Dutch, and Hannoverians could not have won without them.
 
Jun 2006
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Montana Mountains
#3
Napoleon saw world domination in his eyes, unfortunately it clouded his vision. He was outnumbered nearly 2 to 1 at the battle of Waterloo.
 
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tedkaw said:
Napoleon saw world domination in his eyes, unfortunately it clouded his vision. He was outnumbered nearly 2 to 1 at the battle of Waterloo.
World domination at this point? I would beg to differ. Waterloo was a defensive campaign, as were most of the Wars of the Coalitions. Napoleon had sent letters to the monarchs of Europe requesting peace, and they were returned unopened or destroyed. It was the other countries who sent the troops after Napoleon, not the other way around. of course, you are entitled to your own views. There are several good books on this topic, of which I would suggest Napoleon And The Hundred Days by Stephen Coote, and it is also covered in David Markhams' Napoleon For Dummies, if you were interested in further research on this topic.
 

Belisarius

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Jun 2006
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U.K.
#7
Cunedda said:
If it wasn't for Blucher, Napoleon would have won the battle.
Wellington did wear his head that day...but hay...It's Napoleon!
If it wasn't for D'Erlon's ineptitude, Blucher would never have got there at all.
 
Jun 2008
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India
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Even if Napoleon defeated Wellington, would it affect anything at all as the other nations had accumulated about 400,000+ more troops by then.
 
Jan 2009
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Yeah, Napoleons best hope was to win a few victories and make the Allies hesitant enough to do some negotiation. But if the Allies were in no mood for it, and they probably were not, they would have eventually have been marching on Paris anyway. France was running out of fighting manpower and horses and equipment. France wasn't up to another long war.

Napoleon wasn't out to conquer Europe at that point. It was defense by attack.

And though the Prussians tripped the scales and did save the day, the bulk of the troops were British. It was mainly British troops that fought the French.

After Waterloo, Napoleon was done. The political players in Paris pushed him out of power, and he did what he could to get out of town and hopefully out of the country. He eventually put himself in British hands because his fate with them was hopefully better than in the hands of his fellow Frenchmen or the Prussians. Of course it wasn't. They never let him set foot on British soil, sending him off to a distant island to completely remove him from all society and politics.
 

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