Battle of Waterloo remembered

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Two hundred years after the Battle of Waterloo took place, 6,000 volunteers have recreated the historic fight. The volunteers dressed as soldiers and carefully re-enacted the battle for a huge audience.

300 horses and 100 cannons were used in the huge display. To make sure it was safe, no real bullets were used and it was choreographed by experts.

200 years ago on 18 June, 1815, two men faced off in a muddy field in Waterloo, Belgium. They were The Duke of Wellington, (with his army made up of British troops and Dutch, Belgian and German soldiers) and Napoleon (with his French Imperial Guard).

The battle was a showdown between two of history’s greatest military giants. They were the same age, incredible leaders and had a long list of victories behind them.

Napoleon Bonaparte declared himself emperor in 1804. In 1805, he was defeated by the British at the Battle of Trafalgar.

But that didn’t stop Napoleon – he went on to invade countries across Europe before being forced to give up his power.

He returned to Paris in March 1815, prompting Britain, Russia, Austria and an historic state called Prussia, to declare war.

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