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Bicentenario della battaglia di Waterloo 18 giugno 1815

Quest’anno (2015) si celebra il bicentenario della battaglia di Waterloo, che si svolse il 18 giugno 1815. La battaglia (all’inizio denominata dai francesi battaglia di Mont Saint-Jean e dai prussiani di Belle-Alliance) prese il nome dalla cittadina di Waterloo dove si trovava il quartier generale del Duca di Wellington.
La battaglia fu combattuta fra l’esercito francese comandato da Napoleone Bonaparte e l’esercito inglese del Duca di Wllington e quello prussiano di Von Blucher.
Sul luogo della battaglia oggi è visibile una collina artificiale, la collina del leone, eretta nel 1820 da Guglielmo I re d’olanda, che in cima fece collocare la statua di un leone.
Dalla cima della collina e’ possibile scorgere tutto il campo di battaglia, mentre nelle immediate vicinanze e’ possibile visitare musei sia con cimeli franchesi che degli altri eserciti e dei loro comandanti.

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A unique and not-to-be missed commemoration programme 
In June 2015, be at the very heart of the grandiose reconstruction of an event which continues to speak to the collective imagination: the Battle of Waterloo! To commemorate the Bicentenary of this Battle that left Europe stunned and that was instrumental in determining the future of our regions, the ASBL ‘Bataille de Waterloo 1815’ is planning the most impressive reconstructions ever seen in Europe: 5000 re-enactors, 300 horses and 100 canons. Don’t miss this opportunity as the next edition won’t be until 2025!
Attend two exceptional re-enactments of two different phases of the Battle. These shows promise to be different, fun for all, and full of emotions – Come and participate from the very front line. You will also have the opportunity to visit the museums, take a wander through the bivouacs and discover life as it was for the troops 200 years ago.

The first re-enactment ‘The French attack’ – 19 June 2015 from 20:00 
The French army, more than seventy thousand strong and with arms at the ready, sets off to attack the hill where the British troops are positioned with enthusiastic cries of “Long live the Emperor” ringing out. At the top of the hill the French troops are met by the Belgo-Dutch army that is keeping the British army, lying in ambush behind the ridge, out of sight. Hard fighting follows until the British troops emerge and fire at close range on the Imperial Guard. At the same time heavy fighting is raging at the top of Mont-Saint-Jean. The outcome of the battle is uncertain…

The second re-enactment ‘The Allied counterattack’ – 20 June 2015 from 20:00 
The Battle is concentrated around the Hougoumont Farm, a fortified farm that has been strengthened by the British as they fear a French attack. The fighting starts under the loud roar of artillery fire and results in a blood bath. Thousands lie dead and wounded.  Under fire from the British, the Guard attempts a final attack, which ends in failure. The Guard “dies, but will never surrender”. Napoleon flees to Paris, leaving the victors, Wellington and Blücher, to celebrate their victory together in the Belle Alliance Farm.

Re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo – ‘The French attack’ – 19 June 2015  – 20:00
– Standing places :
Individual places, non-numbered
Front or side view of performance, grass
Free for children under 7 years
(max. 2 children under 7 years per adult)

Re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo – ‘the Allied counterattack’ – 20 June 2015  – 20:00
– Standing places :
Individual places, non-numbered
Front or side view of performance, grass
Free for children under 7 years
(max. 2 children under 7 years per adult)

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