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Echoes of Waterloo

Battle of Waterloo
June 18 marks the 204th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, which took place during the Regency in 1815. On that Belgium battlefield, Napoleon’s French soldiers engaged two of the armies of Seventh Coalition—the British allied forces commanded by the Duke of Wellington and the Prussian Army led by Field Marshal Blücher. 
After a day of fierce fighting, the French lost and Napoleon ended up in exile once again, for the second and final time. But victory for the Seventh Coalition was by no means assured. As Wellington described it later, the Battle of Waterloo was “the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life.”
This bloody battle looms large in history for many reasons. It marked the end of the Napoleonic Wars, which had been going on since 1803 – an exhausting and expensive dozen years for Britain and Europe.

And the aftermath of this epic confrontation also spawned a common phrase in the English language. To “meet your Waterloo” means an ultimate and decisive def…