Thursday, June 18, 2015

Waterloo with Napoleon Bonaparte


This postcard is postmarked in 2013 from Belgium and features a scene from the war with soldiers on horses.

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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. A French army under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by the armies of the Seventh Coalition.

Upon Napoleon's return to power in March 1815, many states that had opposed him formed the Seventh Coalition and began to mobilise armies. Two large forces assembled close to the north-eastern border of France. Napoleon chose to attack in the hope of destroying them before they could join in a coordinated invasion of France with other members of the coalition. Waterloo was the decisive engagement of the Waterloo Campaign and Napoleon's last. 

The defeat at Waterloo ended Napoleon's rule as Emperor of the French.
150th Anniversary of the International Red Cross 1863 - 2013 
(Joint issue with Spain)

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