Battle of Waterloo - End of the Fighting

French soldiers, in a mass grave, had died of starvation and hypothermia as they returned from the Russian campaign.  Their commander had been Field Marshall Ney, Napoleon's second-in-command at Waterloo.

As the battle of June 18th, 1815, continued to go badly for the French, the Prussians arrived.  Napoleon now had to fight on two fronts, and historians largely credit the Prussian intervention as pivotal to the battle's results.

Members of Napoleon's elite Imperial Guard were finally called in to storm the Allies' ridge.  Wellington's troops, however, were waiting - out of sight.  About 500 Guards fell in the first round as the Allies fired their muskets at a distance of about thirty yards. 

For the only time in their history, the Imperial Guard broke ranks and fled.  At that point, the Battle of Waterloo was effectively over.  Napoleon was forced to abdicate - again - and never returned to power.

Media Credits

Clip from Battlefield Detectives:  Massacre at Waterloo, produced by Granada.  Copyright, Granada, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the program.

Online, courtesy DrBogdanovic's Channel at YouTube.


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