On 18th June 1815, a battle was fought in Belgium that would decide who ruled Europe. An alliance of British, German, and Belgian soldiers banded together against the French, led by Napoleon Bonaparte. 200,000 soldiers fought near a village called Waterloo.
Explore our objects, articles and videos to learn the gripping and gory facts of the Waterloo Campaign.
This British surgical saw and a blood-stained leather glove were used after the Battle of Waterloo to amputate the leg of a senior British officer. The operation was needed to cut off the leg of Henry Paget, Lord Uxbridge (1768-1854), who commanded the British cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo.
The 100 days from Napoleon’s escape from Elba to the Battle of Waterloo
This Imperial eagle is one of the most iconic objects of the Napoleonic period. In 1804, the new Napoleonic Empire introduced a standardised flag for the French army.
This article describes the points of interest and landmarks to look out for when touring the battlefield.