Fleurus-Ligny is the place of Napoleon’s last victory (against Blücher’s Prussians in the Battle of Ligny) on the 16th of June, two days before Waterloo. We will travel the route that led him to his ultimate defeat.
The Naveau mill served as an observatory to the French. The defeated Prussian army did not retreat to the east (as was expected), but rather moved to Wavre, from where it marched to Plancenoit as support to Wellington. Wellington and Blücher met in the late evening of the 18th at the Belle-Alliance farm.
The Quatre-Bras crossroad, held by the Prince of Orange and Wellington against Marshall Ney, was abandoned, and Wellington withdrew northwards on the 17th, to the defensive position of the Mont-Saint-Jean ridge, south of Waterloo and the Sonian forest.
At Vieux-Genappe, Napoleon set up his headquarters at the Caillou farmhouse. Then, moved to Braine-l’Alleud where the Hougoumont and La Haie Sainte farms played an important role in the battle.
The Waterloo Battlefield, near Brussels in Belgium, was the site of the final battle of the Napoleonic Wars. The Battle of Waterloo saw the French forces led by Napoleon Bonaparte clash with the coalition of British, Belgian, Dutch and German soldiers led by the Duke of Wellington and Prussian forces under the command of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher.
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