Largest Napoleonic re-enactment ever staged planned for bicentenary of Battle of Waterloo

By Robin Valentine | 26 June 2014

The bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo is to be commemorated next year with five days of events on and around the battlefield, including two major historical re-enactments

A group of historical re-enactors
© Philippe Debruyne / Bernard Arnould / Olivier Cappeliez / Phil Thomason / Amandine Belotte
The bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium promises to be almost as big the major 1815 clash of arms itself as the largest Napoleonic battle re-enactment that has ever been performed is planned for June 2015 together with exhibitions and activities.

Belgian non-profit organisation ASBL Bataille de Waterloo will be hosting Waterloo 2015 from June 17 - 21 in and around the historic battlefield site with the first re-enactment on June 19 recreating the British ambush on the French as they assaulted Belgo-Dutch forces.

The second will be a recreation of the siege of Hougoumont Farmhouse, which is currently being renovated and restored in time for the bicentenary, and the ensuing rout of Napoleon's French Imperial Guard.

Over the five days of this living history spectacle there will also be a wide selection of concerts, plays, exhibitions, processions and street performances.

One exhibition, entitled Wellington – Napoleon: Intertwined Destinies will retrace the civilian lives of the two leaders to give visitors a unique insight into their military strategies.

An international symposium of historians will be held to discuss the origins of the battle, and its impact on European history.

Tickets are on sale now with organisers expecting 100,000 visitors from all over the world to attend the festivities and view the re-enactments from viewing platforms and stands.

Applications are also now being accepted for volunteers to take part in the re-enactments as soldiers and camp followers.

  • For more on the British response to the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo see

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Why this extraordinary fuss about Waterloo?
It was the end of an extraordinary period of History,the be-
ginning of a hundred years of British supremacy and conco-
mitant Nationalism and arrogance.But it was far from being
a resounding victory in itself.
Humanity obviously likes to feast on events that resonate
and cause a lot of noise instead of concentrating on the more
substantial facts behind the big bang.
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