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Other nearby battlefields to see.

The Campaign of June 1815 covered three actions: all sites visitable from Waterloo.

QUATRE BRAS

The Battle of Quatre Bras was fought on 16 June 1815, two days before the Battle of Waterloo.

LIGNY

The Battle of Ligny (16 June 1815) was the last victory of the military career of Napoleon I.

WATERLOO

The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.

QUATRE BRAS

Gemioncourt Farm defended by van Bijlandt's Netherlanders.

The Brunswick Monument.
British, Belgian and Dutch Army monuments.
Site of the Bossu Woods.
The roman road from Frasnes (scene of d'Erlon's futile march towards and back from the fight at Ligny).
The Caillou Museum / Napoleon's bivouac on the night of the 17th.
His bed, his map table, the scene of the breakfast of the Marshals of France.
Genappe village scene of fighting as the Allies retired to Waterloo after Quatre Bras and when the French fell back routed on the 18th.

LIGNY

The Gérard Museum. Gén. Gérard conducted the assault on the village.
Village streets where ferocious fighting took place on the 16th.
The site of the mill at Bussy where Wellington conferred with Blucher.

WATERLOO

  • Château Hougoumont, the Allied right flank redoubt, wonderfully preserved and evocative, tenaciously defended by the Guards light companies and their German and Dutch allies.
    La Haie Sainte, the central strong point, held until late in the day by Major Baring's Kings German Legion riflemen.
    The Sandpit, (now a lay-by) held by the 95th rifles.
    La Papelotte, la Haie, Frischermont, Wellington's left wing fiercely disputed between Saxe-Weimar's Dutch Brigade and Durutte's 4th division. Smohain and Plancenoit, villages on Napoleon's right finally taken by Blucher late in the day to roll up the French right.
    Napolean's observation post and the ground occupied by La Grande Batterie.
    The sites of Captain Mercer's Horse Artillery battery, Pictons death, the charge of the Scots Greys, Ney's valiant cavalry attacks, and numerous other plaques, steles and small monuments.

    The excellent Wellington Museum in Waterloo village, where he lodged before and after the battle, and where he wrote his dispatches.

    The Lion Mount, the famous Panorama painting, the waxworks museum and the visitor centre with films and souvenirs and a good selection of books , maps, models, replica weapons, etc.

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