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All Those Victories, Yet Napoleon Best Remembered For The Loss
Four countries declared war - not on a country or a group of them, but on an individual! Britain, Austria, Prussia and Russia all declared war on one man: Napoleon Bonaparte. Little Napoleon must have been some kind of opponent. Watching this program, we discover he was! At the end, the program notes that Napoleon won more battles than Alexander The Great, Frederick The Great, Hannibal and Caesar - combined! However, what's he best remembered for? Losing at Waterloos, and that's what this episode centers on.
It was amazing to me the amount of detail in this report on something that happened almost 200 years ago. We get, basically, an hour-by-hour report of this famous battle which was held in June of 1815. We learn that on June 18th, 40,000 men and 10,000 horses were either killed or wounded. In Europe, no battle approached this for another hundred years when World War I broke out.
Some of the interesting facets in this detailed account of the famous battle include the different formations used by Napoleon and by his opponent, Wellington of Britain. We learned out how accurate (not very) the musket was, and how cannonballs skipped along the ground and then ripping into people.
We learn about Napoleon's poor health and how that may have affected the outcome. Feeling ill with stomach and hemorrhoid problems, and not getting any sleep, the Frenchman would have been better off waiting to attack but he wasn't thinking straight, and that got his army off to bad start.
There is a ton of information on the individual battles of this day and the TV program helps to bring it to live via live actors and computer animation. You can learn a lot watching this hour-long show.
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