Battle of Waterloo : 4pm Ney's Great Cavalry Attack. britishbattles.com

Battle of Waterloo : 4pm Ney's Great Cavalry Attack. britishbattles.com

British soldiers defending the Hougomont gate during the Battle of Waterloo, June 1815.

British soldiers defending the Hougomont gate during the Battle of Waterloo, June 1815.

Jun 18, 1815:  Napoleon defeated at Waterloo.  "Scotland for ever!"  The Charge of the Royal Scots Greys, 2nd Dragoons, as part of the Union Brigade at the Battle of Waterloo.

Jun 18, 1815: Napoleon defeated at Waterloo. "Scotland for ever!" The Charge of the Royal Scots Greys, 2nd Dragoons, as part of the Union Brigade at the Battle of Waterloo.

Closing the gates at Hougoumont,1815; Robert Gibb. Arguably the most important point on the battlefield of Waterloo, Wellington declared afterwards that "the success of the battle turned upon the closing of the gates at Hougoumont"

Closing the gates at Hougoumont,1815; Robert Gibb. Arguably the most important point on the battlefield of Waterloo, Wellington declared afterwards that "the success of the battle turned upon the closing of the gates at Hougoumont"

Wellington and Blucher Meeting Before the Battle of Waterloo. Robert Alexander Hillingford

Wellington and Blucher Meeting Before the Battle of Waterloo. Robert Alexander Hillingford

Some 55,000 soldiers were killed and wounded during the Battle of Waterloo, a   carnage comparable to the first day of the Somme. A new book written by a   surgeon ahead of this summer's 200th anniversary argues that sacrifice must   not be forgotten

Why we must remember the bloody cost of Waterloo

Some 55,000 soldiers were killed and wounded during the Battle of Waterloo, a carnage comparable to the first day of the Somme. A new book written by a surgeon ahead of this summer's 200th anniversary argues that sacrifice must not be forgotten

Piper Kenneth MacKay of the 79th Cameron Highlanders at the Battle of Waterloo, 1815.  In the heat of battle, Piper MacKay stepped from the protection of the ranks and began to play, Cogadh no Sith (War or Peace).  He was later presented a set of silver mounted pipes by the King for his act of bravery.

Piper Kenneth MacKay of the 79th Cameron Highlanders at the Battle of Waterloo, 1815. In the heat of battle, Piper MacKay stepped from the protection of the ranks and began to play, Cogadh no Sith (War or Peace). He was later presented a set of silver mounted pipes by the King for his act of bravery.

A battle in Belgium in 1815 in which the British and Prussians defeated the French under Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon abdicated as emperor a few days after this final defeat, and a few weeks later he was captured and sent into exile.

A battle in Belgium in 1815 in which the British and Prussians defeated the French under Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon abdicated as emperor a few days after this final defeat, and a few weeks later he was captured and sent into exile.

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