Skip to comments.Ministers refuse to mark Waterloo: Campaigners say Government do not want to offend France
Posted on 06/13/2013 7:42:48 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
Tt is often regarded as the British Armys greatest military victory.
Led into battle by the Duke of Wellington, UK troops routed Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, a triumph ushering in almost a century of peace and stability in Europe.
But the Government is refusing to mark the battles 200th anniversary in 2015 amid suspicions it does not want to offend France.
Brussels is spending at least £20million on commemorative events, including restoring the battlefield.
James Morrow, secretary of Waterloo 200, ...said he was disappointed.
The Belgian government has spent millions on events to commemorate the battle but we have been given zilch, zippo, nothing. I think its very disappointing.
The Battle of Waterloo was a milestone in European history which ended over 20 years of conflict in Europe.
We cant let the 200th anniversary pass without marking it and learning lessons about why it was so important.
David Green, director of the Civitas think-tank, said: ...It appears to be ludicrous hyper-sensitivity.
Waterloo was a battle of the most immense importance. Britain was fighting a tyrant who had conquered Europe. It was a momentous moment that should be commemorated. We should be shouting it from the rooftops.
In a message to Waterloo 200, the 8th Duke of Wellington said: I am often asked whether we should not now, in these days of European unity, forget Waterloo and the battles of the past.
My reply is, history cannot be forgotten and we need to be reminded of the bravery of the thousands of men from many nations who fought and died in a few hours and why their gallantry and sacrifice ensured peace in Europe for 50 years.
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(Yes the grammar is wrong I just cut and pasted)
Waterloo was fought a few miles south of Brussels on June 18, 2015.
Wellington described his own troops as very weak and ill-equipped, and a very inexperienced staff.
Britain and its allies had 68,000 men, and were joined by about 45,000 Prussians on the evening of the battle. The French had 72,000 troops.
Heavy rain had turned the battlefield into a swamp. The scale of casualties was staggering - around one in four men were killed.
But the victory brought about the final destruction of Napoleons army and the end of his bloody reign as dictator.
Then I suppose St. Crispin's Day is off too.
The government has pledged little support to the occasion
Right now we are celebrating the 200th of the War of 1812 between the British in Canada and the Americans
Lots of reenacting of battles etc
No “offending” on either side
just commemorating what their ancestors did
Methinks the Mosl;ems are involved in the “offending” somewhere...
Maybe if the Brits can prove Wellington read the koran...
I figure Englands greatest victory was Blenheim.
Waterloo was a victory of allied armies against Napoleon, with England, and Belgium’s cookies being hauled out of the fire by Prussia.
Is Prussia offended?
Wellington won, but it was hardly a rout. He himself later called it “a damned near-run thing.”
“Methinks the Mosl;ems are involved in the offending somewhere...”
Just tell them the Brits whipped the tar out of the descendants of Charles Martel /s;)
For the Dauphin,
I stand here for him: what to him from England?
Scorn and defiance; slight regard, contempt,
And any thing that may not misbecome
The mighty sender, doth he prize you at.
Thus says my king; an’ if your father’s highness
Do not, in grant of all demands at large,
Sweeten the bitter mock you sent his majesty,
He’ll call you to so hot an answer of it,
That caves and womby vaultages of France
Shall chide your trespass and return your mock
In second accent of his ordnance.
Henry V Act 2 Scene 4
Better to devote the attention to celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.
I suppose they didn’t mark the 70th aniversery of Operation Tourch last November for the same reaon.
The bastards RESISTED the allied invasion of North Africa.
Operation Torch that is.
Nahhh, the French get a might tetchy when reminded about their serial a** kickings courtesy of the British (and the Germans, the Dutch, the Spanish, the Russians, the Vietnamese, the Algerians, the ...). Oh, and the Canadians are pretty cool about the War of 1812 since, with the exception of a "sea" battle on Lake Erie, they essentially won.
the Canadians are pretty cool about the War of 1812 since,
Nope there are things on every weekend etc
I get a schedule for the next few weeks months and news etc for reenactments both sides of the border in my online copy of The Loyalist Trail every week
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Visit Thorold on that weekend, see the final version of the film and take in the many excellent events planned. The DVD will be available to all interested parties, but there may be a nominal fee for the package, the money going to help establish a scholarship in the name of Alun Hughes a respected and inspirational member of the Thorold bicentennial Committee who passed away in May. Alun was a well known historian in the Niagara area and added immeasurably to the historical content of our film.
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Next year we will be going to Ontario for the 200th of the burning of St Davids My 4th gg lost her house but the at least her barn was spared..
Technically it wasn’t “just” the British Army - out of the 100,000 allied troops, only 25,000 were British.
What is strange is that Napoleon was courting Islam (to rise against the British) -- a role the Brits took over after 1815
well, the French lost ever since they went Revolutionary...
I thought it was the Prussians (Germans), who saved the day for the Brits at the end of the battle. The French feel that the Germans and Brits are teaming up again. Shhh! Don’t say anythink.
I would think that trying to not offend the French would be found offensive to the French.
Canada doesn’t have anything to be offended about - they kicked our butts when we invaded!
Consistently lost, yes. Except for a series of brilliant victories by a certain dwarfish Corsican genius. And even he managed to end up losing the wars after winning most of the battles. But Crécy, Poitiers, and Agincourt really stick in their craw.
How ironic (I am being polite) that you talk about ‘England’ being saved by the Prussians, when the two most famous turning points of the battle for the British were from SCOTS: the heroic stand of the Scots Guards at Hougemont and the legendary charge of the Royal Scots Grays (when they stole the French ensign). Oh and Wellington was born in Ireland.
England and Britain/Great Britain/UK are NOT the same thing.
Turned the battle, yes, saved no.
There are many instances that day of British victory, it may have ‘been a close run thing’, but the British were hardly ‘saved’. Or needing to be.
Plus they made us take Detroit back. (Well, the Brits did anyway.)
Hey, Detroit was great for a while. Never would have won WWII without Detroit.
Well, that's a consideration. On the other hand, the Cubs might have won the 1945 World Series.
(They lost to Detroit 4 games to 3.)
|GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach|
Thanks Tennessee Nana.Brussels is spending at least £20million on commemorative events, including restoring the battlefield... James Morrow, secretary of Waterloo 200, ...said he was 'disappointed... The Belgian government has spent millions on events to commemorate the battle but we have been given zilch, zippo, nothing. I think it's very disappointing. The Battle of Waterloo was a milestone in European history which ended over 20 years of conflict in Europe. We can't let the 200th anniversary pass without marking it and learning lessons about why it was so important.'Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.
You are correct. My apologies.
I perhaps could have said “Great Britain”....
My recollection was that the English parliament had representatives from Scotland and Ireland at that time, but representation was far from uniform, with ‘rotten boroughs’ in the House of Commons and of course the mostly non-representative House of Lords.
That ok, apologies from me if I was a bit curt and rude.
Scotland has its own parliament now.
We all have some quirks. The charge of the Scots Greys was indeed wonderful.
My understanding is that Wellington returned to the battlefield in later years and was offended that it wasn’t the same. The sunken road that acted like a moat against the French cavalry had been filled in, using dirt from the edge of the hill that protected his men from the French Artillery.
If they restore the battlefield to its previous condition, it would be a service to History, and somewhere, Wellington would softly smile.
If they do it wrong Wellington would be upset that they put their foot in it.
That would be too bad for Wellington — Napoleon was used up in his Russian campaign (dropped nearly 500,000 on that campaign, absolutely mind-boggling), and his former cowed allies turned on him. If that hadn’t happened, Wellington wouldn’t have been able to join battle.
This was more a part of the wider battle for the Angevin dynasty -- this dynasty came close to ruling much of Europe in the 1300s -- one even became king of Hungary and Poland.
Seems to me it was "a damned near-run thing" that turned into a rout.
Except Waterloo occurred after Nappy had already been exiled, and returned. The losses in Russia were years ago, and there were many cohorts (each annual class of men is considered a cohort) since that happened that were able to replenish the French Army. About half the Grande Armee were not French. Spanish and Portuguese soldiers were particularly prone to desertion.
Wellington had already fought the French in Spain.
I would respectfully argue though that while the British nobles at the battle certainly possessed French ancestry and some residual identification with the culture (and were keen on getting their ancestral lands back) the common foot soldiers and archers were as English as the Thames. Their unfortunate opponents did not believe they were fighting fellow Frenchmen and it is celebrated in England as a miraculous English victory. Shakespeare (and Olivier in 1944) certainly played some part in making that so.
PS: I enjoy reading your posts. European history was not my focus in college. Middle East was.
The Russian campaign was in 1812 and 1813; he was barely able to extricate himself in the east, and returned to France outnumbered 3:1. He was forced out of power in 1814 (one year, not years later), and returned from his first exile in 1815. In the space of three months the allies brought their armies back into theater, Napoleon threw together one last army, and went on the attack against a numerically superior enemy that was already dug in. He wasn’t able to dislodge them before the Prussian army arrived on his flank.
Which is why he should have been executed to begin with.
ditto all such tyrants that follow
I distrust Shakespeare's version of the events -- it's good literature but bad history. He wrote at a time when the concept of a nation was full-blown while during the Plantagenet wars the concept of the nation was not so distinct.
But Napoleon had at the Battle of Nations another army of 400,000 men in 1813 immediately after his battle in Russia.
Certainly Russia happened first. Certainly his defeat at Waterloo happened afterwards. I don’t agree that it was cause and effect. Other things happened in between that hurt him more proximately. His need to divert forces away from Waterloo to suppress a royalist insurrection were at least as important as the losses in Russia, that were, at least half of his losses were not French at all, but allied forces.
Writers take famous names and elements of stories, throw in a dash of popular sentiment and their own prejudice, and voila! Historical drama. Shakespeare knew his audience (including a certain Tudor queen) and just did his best to please them. And his best was very good (drama).
Wellington may have been born in Ireland, but he considered himself to be an Englishman. He once responded to the accusation that he was ‘Irish’, by saying that ‘Being born in a stable does not make one a horse’.
Of course, this was back in the days when being English was considered to be a good thing, nowadays English people seem to fall over themselves to declare themselves to be something else if they were were born in one of the ‘Celtic’ countries or one their parents was.
You are so right. I know several people who get their “history” from The History Channel, other TV, and movies and then refuse to believe that some other point of view based upon actual research could possibly be correct.
Slightly off topic, but I am highly offended when twits, Martin Sheen as Robert E. Lee and Matt Damon as private Ryan come immediately to mind, are cast in those roles. I guess that’s why they call them actors.
Oh, I know Wellington’s dislike of Irish birth, and I quote the famous stable remark myself. I was just making a point re the ‘English’ victory at Waterloo. As an Ayrshire lad, I am acutely aware of the battle, as the legendary Charles Ewart was a Kilmarnock boy.