This is the final chapter of Napoleon Bonapartes extraordinary life - a chapter that begins with his enforced exile on the island of Elba. He busied himself building forts and bridges, winning the support of the local population and making plans for a return to France. When he did return, it was to an ecstatic welcome from his former troops and it was not long before he was reinstated as Emperor and at war once again. But there was to be no glorious ending to the tale - instead it ended in spectacular and bloody failure in June 1815 on the famous battlefield of Waterloo. Napoleons old enemy the Duke of Wellington once again beat his forces and this time there was no way back. Napoleon died in exile on St. Helena just six years later, but the legend of his military genius had only just begun.
The Charge of the Red Lancers on Mercers Troop of Royal Horse Artillery by Chris Collingwood.
Waterloo - 18th June 1815. The Red Lancers made five separate attempts on the allied squares and batteries suffering heavy casualties but failing to break either. Mercers artillery troop would not retire and served their guns continuously regardless of repeated attack.
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The Charge of the Red Lancers on Mercers Troop of Royal Horse Artillery by Chris Collingwood. - Editions Available
Charge of the 2nd Royal North British Dragoons (Scots Greys) at Waterloo by Brian Palmer.
After the 2nd Royal North British Dragoons had charged the French artillery, they themselves were charged by the 3rd French Chasseur Chevals and the deadly 4th Regiment of Lancers. The scene depicted shows the French cavalry engaging the Scots Greys.
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Charge of the 2nd Royal North British Dragoons (Scots Greys) at Waterloo by Brian Palmer. - Editions Available
28th Gloucester Regiment at Waterloo by William Barnes Wollen.
Under the command of James Kempt and as part of the 8th Brigade (consisting of the 1/28th Reg 1/32nd Reg 79th Reg and the 1/95th regiment) the 28th Gloucester Regiment fought at Quatre Bras and at Waterloo. The regiment distinguished itself during the battle and were mentioned in the dispatches of the Duke of Wellington. The 28th Regiment continued to wear the old style stovepipe shako, distinguishing them from most British regiments that had adopted the new Belgic shako. In this painting the 28th Gloucester are seen repulsing the French Cuirassiers while in a square. During the Battle of Alexandria some 14 years earlier, the 28th Gloucester Regiment were given the unique honour of wearing a badge on both the front and rear of their head dress. From 1751 to 1782 they were the 28th Regiment of Foot, and merged with the 61st (South Gloucestershire) regiment to form the Gloucestershire Regiment in 1881.
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28th Gloucester Regiment at Waterloo by William Barnes Wollen. - Editions Available
The Defence of La Haye-Sainte, 18th June 1815 by Chris Collingwood.
The garrison under the command of Major G Baring consisted of the 2nd Light Battalion of the 2nd Brigade Kings German Legion and reinforced by two Nassau companies. Here Major Baring is seen leading his Legion against Quiots Brigade (54th and 55th of the line)
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The Defence of La Haye-Sainte, 18th June 1815 by Chris Collingwood. - Editions Available