RUSI JournalVolume 160Issue 3members only

The Forgotten Victory: Germans and the Battle of Waterloo, 1815-2015

The victory at the Battle of Waterloo has long been overlooked in German national memory – yet it continues to hold important lessons for today

Waterloo has always been overshadowed by the 1813 Battle of Leipzig in German national memory. Given the salient contribution of Prussian, Hanoverian, Brunswick and Nassau troops to the final victory over Napoleon, this reticence may at first glance seem surprising. Jasper Heinzen contends that Waterloo failed to become a symbol of national achievement in the nineteenth century because of the regional and political fissures it laid bare. If the First World War produced a

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