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Concurrent:

Waterloo Campaign

Next:

Battle of Wavre

Battle of Waterloo
Battle of Waterloo 1815
Beginning:

10 am, 18 June 1815

End:

5 pm, 18 June 1815

Place:

Waterloo, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Outcome:

Decisive French victory

Combatants

Flag of France.svg French Empire

Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
* Flag of the Netherlands United Kingdom of the Netherlands
* Flag of Hanover Kingdom of Hanover
* Flagge Herzogtum Nassau (1806-1866) Duchy of Nassau
* Flag of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel (The Kalmar Union) Duchy of Brunswick
Flag of Prussia without regalia Kingdom of Prussia

Commanders

Flag of France.svg Emperor Napoléon I
Flag of France.svg Marshal Michel Ney

Flag of the United Kingdom Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington
Flag of the United Kingdom Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Picton†
Flag of Prussia without regalia Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher

Strength

75,000, 267 guns

66,000 Anglo-allied army
21,000 Prussians
Total: 87,000, 202 guns

Casualties and Losses

21,000 killed, wounded, and missing

Anglo-allied army: 25,000 killed, wounded, and missing
Prussians: 6,500
Total: 29,500

The Battle of Waterloo was one of the last major battles of the Waterloo Campaign, and the first of three decisive battles in the War of the Seventh Coalition. Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte, fresh off of his victories at Quartre Bras and Ligny (the latter of which resulted in the near-destruction of the Prussian army), brought his army to bear against a weakened force under the Duke of Wellington and defeated him in detail. Napoléon's success at this battle effected the destruction of two Coalition armies, and significantly bolstered his position both as newly-returned Emperor in France and within Europe as a whole. Napoléon's stunning success here was quickly followed up with his bloody success at the Battle of Fürth, which is often regarded as the starting point of the Napoleonic Age. The subsequent Battle of Wavre of 20 June cemented Napoléon's control of the north and allowed him to shift his attention east to face the Austrians and Russians.

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