- May 2018
He didn't have to attack Wellington, but I can understand why he did. Hindsight is always 20/20.Again I have a problem with the theory that Napoleon had to fight right there and right then.... Attacking a strong position (especially when you do not have the advantage of numbers) is never a very good idea... If time was so much against him that even a day made a huge difference then the whole concept of his campaign (not only the Waterloo battle) was wrong.....
Alternatively he could have simply used his grand batterie to batter the anglo allied forces until they either crumbled or their position was revealed to be too strong, thus not risking french troops....