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Issue Date: 18/06/2015
Issue Name: Bicentenary of Waterloo Stamps from the Miniature Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. The 18th of June 2015 sees the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. To commemorate this occasion we have produced this stunning cover.
Bicentenary of The Battle of Waterloo
Napoleon Boneparte rose to prominence towards the end of the French Revolution with military success in Italy. He was a very popular military leader and took power in a coup d'état in 1799, installing himself as First Consul of France, later calling himself Emperor. He fought a series of wars across Europe, known as the Napoleonic Wars. He won many victories, making France the main power in Europe, which he kept by making extensive alliances and putting his friends and family members to rule other European countries as French vassal states.
His end began when he faced Sir Arthur Wellesley during The Peninsular War (1807–14) in Spain. Not only was this a very punishing war, but he also decided to invade Russia in 1812. Stretched on two fronts and facing the harsh Russian winter, his Grande Armée was badly weakened and never fully recovered.
Sir Arthur Wellesley had a fine battle record. Between 1794 and 1815 Wellesley had been in a number of military campaigns where he achieved tactical, strategic, and decisive victories in India and across six countries of Western Europe. He successfully fought many of Napoleon's marshals. He rose to
prominence as a general during the Peninsular campaign and was promoted to the rank of field marshal after leading the allied forces to victory against the French at the Battle of Vitoria in 1813.
In 1813, the Sixth Coalition of Austria, Prussia, Russia, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and a number of German States defeated Napoleon’s forces at the Battle of Leipzig and invaded France. Napoleon was forced to abdicate and go in exile to the island of Elba. In 1815 he escaped and, resuming his title of Emperor of France, returned to power for 100 days. His army flocked to rejoin him and on June 18th 1815 he faced the Duke of Wellington’s allied forces and the Prussian army led by General Blücher at Waterloo. He was defeated for the last time. He spent the last six years of his life confined by the British on the remote island of Saint Helena.
Following Napoleon's exile in 1814, Sir Arthur Wellesley served as the ambassador to France and and became First Duke of Wellington. He was a British hero.
He was twice Prime Minister of Great Britain and is still today numbered among the hundred Greatest Britons.
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