We have just completed our tribute page to the Bicentenary of Waterloo. Sourced from archives, literature and our recent trip to the battlefield we have set out the key moments of the battle and more importantly what can still be seen today. It has also been interesting to source old images of the area and then to retake the same view today and compare the passage of time over two hundred years. Perhaps the overwhelming facts though that have come to light during our investigations has been the truly horrific loss of life encountered during the battle; We must though remember that in 1815 life was very cheap and if wars didn't kill you then squalor or disease did. Most of the soldiers who fought at Waterloo were just young boys on both sides with little else in their lives to look forward to. It was a time when aristocratic Officers bought their own commissions and often paid to set up their own regiments and thought nothing of dishing out immense cruelty to their own men in the name of discipline. That said, the battle cost nearly 50,0000 lives and that in modern terms is simply appalling and one can only wonder what our modern press would have made of human losses on that scale today?
Steve is a retired photography teacher and now works as a military historian while living in East Sussex, England.