CHAPTER 2

Meet Not Your Waterloo

On Sunday June 18, 1815 as Napoleon breakfasted off silver plates at Le Caillou, Waterloo, having just defeated the Prussians two days earlier at the Battle of Ligny and hot on the heels of the first Duke of ­Wellington retreating army, defeat was the furthest thing on the French Emperor’s mind. General Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher Prince of Wahlstatt was the commander of the defeated Prussians. We will read more about Blücher soon after.

As the battle lines were drawn out, Napoleon’s every intention was to separate Wellington from his Prussians ally, and to drive the Seventh ­Coalition of United Kingdom, Netherlands, Prussia, Hanover, Nassau, and Brunswick to the sea! This prelude Napoleon’s triumphant return ...

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