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Waterloo – A Foregone Conclusion

21 January 2015

Professor Tony Pointon of the University of Portsmouth will present a talk at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre on Thursday 25 June, explaining his theories about what really happened at the Battle of Waterloo.

Napoleon’s four-day campaign to capture Brussels in 1815 was a fraught affair involving four battles, three armies, 350,000 men and 90,000 casualties. It became known as the “Waterloo Campaign”, and Wellington commented: “It has been a nice run thing – the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life”.

Based on that remark, journalists reported that the Battle of Waterloo, which took place on Sunday 18 June, was a near run thing. That description suited both Wellington and Napoleon; it suited the British and the French; and for 200 years historians have constructed accounts of the battle in line with this statement – often adding to the story to make it more exciting, and almost airbrushing out one of the armies!

A full account is long overdue, and Professor Pointon’s talk will provide this.

The talk will take place in the Langstone Room at 7.45pm, and tickets cost £5. To book, please contact the Box Office on 023 9247 2700.