Wednesday, June 3, 2015

BELGIUM ~ Battle of Waterloo 1815 - 2015 UNESCO Tentative List ~

...A fantastic  postcard of  the Lion Hill, which is the main memorial monument of the Battle of Waterloo and indicates the spot where the Prince of Orange was wounded.... A total of 226 stairs leads to the top of the monument where one can enjoy a beautiful view of the entire battlefield...The huge lion statue at the mound’s top symbolizes courage and looks vigilantly in the direction of France...Many thanks Johan ☚ (<‿<)☚ for this special and unique philatelic item!!( )
Photo: Marc Boseret
At Waterloo on 18 June 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte suffers defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington, bringing an end to the Napoleonic era of European history, 23,000 British troops with 44,000 allied troops and 160 guns stood against 74,000 French troops and 250 guns.After Waterloo, Napoleon abdicated and later died in exile.

Belgium issued a special stamp sheet and postmarks to commemorate Waterloo bicentenary.
The stamps show portraits of the main protagonists of the battle, the duke of Wellington, Blucher, the prince of Orange, Marshal Ney, and Napoleon. In the background appears “French cavalry charging English formation” (1875), a Victoria and Albert museum painting by Felix Philippoteaux.


Gebhard Leberecht Von Blücher

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