BATTLE OF WATERLOO IN 1815 The Battle of Waterloo, the final defeat of Napoleon, also saw weather play a significant part. A heavy rainfall the night before the battle left the ground wet and muddy. Napoleon’s tactics that included cannonballs failed miserably. Later, when the Duke of Wellington joined forces with the Prussian army, the French emperor was defeated and exiled.
Tens of thousands of men were wounded or died at the Battle of Waterloo, but, remarkably, the remains of this lone solider are the only ones to have been found near one of the battle’s main staging grounds. The musket ball that likely killed him is visible in his right rib cage.
Amazing model shows the full extent of the Battle of Waterloo
Napoleon’s Egyptian-style cloak or burnous taken from his carriage after the Battle of Waterloo-Reportedly fatigued and in poor health during the Belgian campaign, Napoleon committed tactical errors and acted indecisively. He also was blamed for appointing inadequate commanders. Ultimately, the Battle of Waterloo marked the end of Napoleon’s storied military career. He reportedly rode away from the battle in tears.
This dry specimen shows the upper end of the right femur of a solider wounded by a musket ball at the Battle of Waterloo, 18th June 1815. The impact of the musket ball has created a deep cavity in the neck of the femur in which the ball is almost completely embedded. A hairline crack extends up to the head of the femur, while another fracture extends down the bone. via Surgeons' Hall Museum.