Battle of Waterloo

Two hundred years ago, the decisive Battle of Waterloo was fought near Brussels, in present-day Belgium, on June 18, 1815. Napoleon's French army of 93,000 soldiers was defeated on the battlefield by the 125,000 troops of the Seventh Coalition, which was made up of armies allied with the United Kingdom. Tens of thousands of men were killed by cannon fire, bullets, bayonets, and swords in violent skirmishes that were fought at a distance and face to face in the Belgian countryside. The loss of the battle ended Napoleon's "Hundred Days" of restored power in France, resulting in his abdication and bringing in a new era of European peace after decades of war. Over the weekend, thousands of reenactors donned period uniforms on the battlefield to commemorate the historic battle. [30 photos total]

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Performers take part in the re-enactment of the "The Allied Counterattack" battle during the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 20, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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Performers take part in the re-enactment of the "The Allied Counterattack" battle as part as the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 20, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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Performers take part in the re-enactment of the "The Allied Counterattack" battle as part as the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 20, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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Alan Larsen, who plays the Duke of Wellington takes part in the re-enactment of the "The Allied Counterattack" battle as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 20, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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French troops move forward during the re-enactment of "The Allied Counterattack " battle as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 20, 2015. (REUTERS/Charles Platiau) #
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Performers take part in the re-enactment of the "The Allied Counterattack" battle as part as the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 20, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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Performers take part in the re-enactment of the "The Allied Counterattack" battle as part as the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 20, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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Performers take part in the re-enactment of the "The Allied Counterattack" battle as part as the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 20, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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Performers take part in the re-enactment of the "The Allied Counterattack" battle as part as the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 20, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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Re-enactors take part in the re-enactment of "The French Attack" battle as part as the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 19, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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Re-enactors take part in the re-enactment of "The French Attack" battle as part as the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 19, 2015. (REUTERS/Charles Platiau) #
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Alan Larsen, who plays the Duke of Wellington, plays with an apple during the re-enactment of "The French Attack" battle as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 19, 2015. (REUTERS/Charles Platiau) #
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Performers take part in the re-enactment of "The French Attack" battle as part as the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 19, 2015. (REUTERS/Charles Platiau) #
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Re-enactors take part in the re-enactment of "The French Attack" battle as part as the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 19, 2015. (REUTERS/Charles Platiau) #
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Re-enactors take part in the re-enactment of "The French Attack" battle as part as the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 19, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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Re-enactors take part in the re-enactment of "The French Attack" battle as part as the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 19, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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Re-enactors take part in the re-enactment of "The French Attack" battle as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 19, 2015. (REUTERS/Charles Platiau) #
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Re-enactors perform during the opening show "Inferno", by artistic director Luc Petit, for the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo in Waterloo, Belgium June 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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Re-enactors train in the Allied Bivouac camp during the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo in Waterloo, Belgium, June 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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Re-enactors rest in the Allied Bivouac camp during the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo in Waterloo, Belgium, June 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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Eric Edelan, who is taking part in a re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo as the Prince of Orange, poses in the Allied Bivouac camp during the bicentennial celebrations for the battle in Waterloo, Belgium, June 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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Performers take part in the re-enactment of "The Allied Counterattack" battle as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 20, 2015. (REUTERS/Charles Platiau) #
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A re-enactor sleeps in the French troops bivouac during the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium June 20, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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Re-enactors stand behind a cannon in the Allied Bivouac camp during the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo in Waterloo, Belgium, June 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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Re-enactors perform during the opening show "Inferno" by artistic director Luc Petit, for the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Belgium, June 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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Eric Edelan, who is taking part in a re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo as the Prince of Orange, poses in the Allied Bivouac camp during the bicentennial celebrations for the battle in Waterloo, Belgium, June 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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The Lion's Mound of Waterloo is seen as re-enactors train in the Allied Bivouac camp during the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo in Waterloo, Belgium, June 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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A waffle van is seen in the Allied Bivouac camp during the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo in Waterloo, Belgium, June 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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A re-enactor uses his camera in the Allied Bivouac camp during the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo in Waterloo, Belgium, June 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #
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A re-enactor eats a waffle in the Allied Bivouac camp during the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo in Waterloo, Belgium, June 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) #

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