Napoleon was the real winner of Waterloo… claim the French! Re-enactment set to mark bi-centenary will ignore history. It is not so much a bid to rewrite history as a blatant attempt at match-rigging. For the French are claiming that Napoleon – not Wellington – was the true hero of Waterloo.
Napoleon a dejected prisoner on HMS Bellerophon. (aka ‘Billy Ruffian’)
In a reconstruction to mark this year’s bicentenary of the battle, they plan to ignore the fact that he emerged utterly defeated. Instead, they want to portray the French emperor as the winner over a ‘frightful’ English nobody. But the sabre-rattling ahead of the commemorations in Belgium this summer was quickly dismissed by historians. French re-enactment society claim Napoleon was the real winner at the Battle of Waterloo Click on pics to enlarge…Of Interest Perhaps: Wellington’s use of concealed infantry squares was the undoing of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. The main usage of the squares were the hollow formations throughout the Napoleonic wars, sometimes the formation could also be more rectangular. Each side of the square would have a minimum of two ranks (usually four in the case of Wellingtons) of infantry with bayonets fixed on their single shot muskets. The first rank would be kneeling with the muskets shining bayonets pointing at an angle of around 45 degree. The second and/or third ranks would be stood with the bayonet fixed muskets to the shoulder taking aim and ready for the order to open fire in rank order. The third and/or fourth ranks would be reloading the muskets for the ranks in front.Such a square of this type would require around 500 soldiers, the officers with a reserve force would be positioned in the centre, the reserve force would be utilised to fill gaps that might appear in the squares, and these squares would also be very tightly packed shoulder to shoulder. The infantry would wait until an advancing cavalry was at a range of 30 metres and then the commanders would give the order to open fire, the idea was to try ensure the fallen cavalry caused problems with the cavalry behind, therefore slowing the advance and allowing the infantry to change muskets for the loaded one.
‘Wellington’s infantry squares at Waterloo with stood 11 cavalry charges.’ Yours Aye.