The Battle of Waterloo - 1815

The Battle

The weather over the previous three days had been such that, on the morning of 18th June, Napoleon did nothing at all until about 11am. This was to allow the ground to dry out and so allow his heavy artillery to manoeuvre more easily across the field. With a retrospective view of the situation, this relaxed approach seems to have been unwise given the threat from the Prussians at Wavre. However, Napoleon was under the impression that he had given Blucher a serious beating at Ligny and that Grouchy would be able to adequately deal with the remnants of the Prussian army in the meantime. Furthermore, he had very little respect for the Allied army he was facing, saying 'I tell you, Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad troops, and this affair is nothing more than eating breakfast.'