The Waterloo campaign

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Waterloo campaignThe text here is composed and based on an earlier published article[1] and shows the importance to the significant contribution of the army of the Kingdom of The Netherlands to the victory in 1815 during the Waterloo campaign.

A history which has been neglected and undervalued by many foreign writers on this subject, which makes it look like only the British and Wellington eventually achieved this victory[2]. Only in recent years a more balanced image is coming forward, giving a reevaluation of the contributions of the roles of the Dutch and Prussian troops. First here attention to a piece of bravado of the Horse Artillery and the division of genral Chass?, after which the viccisitudes of the Bijlandt brigade are scrutinized in part II. I will concentrate here only on the Dutch troops and take no notice of the other Allied troops in the same area; there is already enough literature at once dispense available about these.

Waterloo campaign

The picture above is that of a painting of the artist Hoynck van Papendrecht (1858-1933) who lived in The Hague and painted many military subjects. What exactly is shown on the painting? And what does it tell us? Well, the terrain is that just south of the farm Mont St. Jean and to the right the farm La Haye Sainte is depicted, from which we can derive that the gun that is being brought into place is at the spot where today the monument of the Lion Mount stands. The exact time can also be established when we look at the sun, the start of thr evenening or dusk, when the sun shines it last rays over the battlefield. The artillirists wear the unmistakeble uniforms of the Dutch Horse Artillery. We can now retrieve what the painter wants to show, because when were there at this spot around dusk Dutch troops in position