Originally posted on Waterloo 200 | 1815 – 2015.
A call is going out to the nation and beyond to find descendants of those who fought in the Battle of Waterloo, the last great conflict of the age of the sword, cannon and musket in Western Europe, ahead of the 200th anniversary of the Battle in 2015.
On 18th June 1815, one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles ever was fought by the Duke of Wellington and his allied army, bringing to an end a long campaign against the might of Napoleon Bonaparte. Over rolling countryside between two ridges, 11 miles south of Brussels, the entire course of European history changed as Napoleon was defeated, ending his leadership of the French Empire. Waterloo literally means ‘wet meadow’ and the condition of the ground on the day was such that shoes and cannon balls simply disappeared by their hundreds into the mud.
Though the Duke was outnumbered in both men and cannon, his tactical skill and staying power resulted in an outcome that decided the future of Europe, becoming a milestone in…
via Hunt is on for Battle of Waterloo descendants for 200th anniversary in 2015 | Waterloo 200 | 1815 – 2015.
Originally posted on Luxor Times
Dr. Mamdouh El Damaty, Minister of Antiquities and Heritage, announced the find of a group of antiquities weapons vary between guns and rifles dated back to 18th century and they were discovered under the Mediterranean Sea waters near the modern harbour of Alexandria.
Today [22 June] marks the date of Napoleon Bonaparte’s last abdication in 1815, after his defeat in Waterloo.
According to the minister, the weapons were discovered during the underwater survey by the Russian mission in cooperation with the Ministry of Antiquities in search for sunken ships and remains of submerged harbours in the area to the North and North West of Pharos Island including the Eastern harbour.
Dr. El Damaty added that the discovered weapons were probably on one of the French campaign ships known as “Patriot” which had sunk entering Alexandria’s west harbour then.
This find will lead to more studies and underwater search for more antiquities to reveal more details on that era…
via Napoleon sunken weapons discovered on the memory of his abdication.