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Waterloo (Belgium): Monuments of the battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Waterloo: L'Aigle blessé (The Wounded Eagle)
Waterloo (Belgium): L'Aigle blessé ("The Wounded Eagle") Monument. 

Apart from the Lion's Mound, there are several more conventional but noteworthy monuments throughout the battlefield of Waterloo. 
They are scattered in the four adjacent communes: Waterloo, Braine-l'Alleud, Plancenoit (today Lasne), and Vieux-Genappe.

L'Aigle blessé is a monument to the last units of the French Imperial Guard who died at the end of the battle to protect the flight of the emperor. The monument is located in Lasne, not far from the last headquarters of Napoleon Bonaparte.

The monument was inaugurated with pomp almost 90 years after the battle. Before its erection, all other monuments of the battlefield honored the allied troops.

Waterloo: The Monument to the Hanoverians
Waterloo (Belgium): The Monument to the Hanoverians (King's German Legion).

The army under the Duke of Wellington on June 18, 1815 consisted of British troops, the King's German Legion, troops from Hanover, Brunswick, and Nassau, as well as Dutch and Belgian troops. In total, the non-British troops were majority, although history has preserved the memory of the exploits of many British, such as those of the Royal Scots Greys or those of the British units at Hougoumont.

The Monument to the Hanoverians is dedicated to 42 officers of the King's German Legion who died in the defense of the La Haye Sainte farmhouse. La Haye Sainte was located in a strategic position in the center of the Allied troops. La Haye Sainte was conquered by the French under Marshal Ney late afternoon only. At this time, the army of Blucher started arriving on the battlefield so that the French was unable to break actually the Allied center.

The Monument to the Hanoverians is located in Lasne.

Waterloo: Victor Hugo column
Waterloo (Belgium): Victor Hugo column.

The Victor Hugo column, the construction of which was completed in 1956, commemorates the stay of Victor Hugo in Waterloo in 1860, long after the battle. Therefore, the column is not directly related to the battle.

During this stay, Victor Hugo finished writing his novel "Les Misérables". The column is located at Lasne almost opposite the "Aigle blessé" monument.

Waterloo: The Monument to the Belgians
Waterloo (Belgium): The Monument to the Belgians.

The Monument to the Belgians pays tribute to the Belgians who died on both sides during the battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815. It is located in Waterloo, not far from the Lion's Mound. The monument dates from 1914.


 

See also

Belgium > Pictures and travelogues > Waterloo Memorial and Lion's Mound
Belgium > Pictures and travelogues > Waterloo: historic farmhouses
Belgium > Pictures and travelogues > Waterloo: the Hougoumont farmhouse

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Apart from the Lion's Mound, there are several other monuments throughout the battlefield of Waterloo. They are scattered in the four adjacent communes.