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Accounts of the battle

This video describes how both official accounts of the battle and memoirs written by the soldiers who fought there can help us interpret Waterloo.

Battles are a very confused and confusing experience, and historians need to carefully evaluate and combine both official accounts and personal memoirs to build up a complete picture of what happened, when and why.

If you want to find out in detail what happened during the battle, then there are many books available – see the Extended reading step at the end of this week for a reasonably priced and well reviewed example. The BBC has produced an excellent timeline: follow the link below.

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Wellington and the Battle of Waterloo

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