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BATTLE OF WATERLOO The Battle of Waterloo was the final and decisive action of the Napoleonic Wars the wars that effectively ended French domination of the European continent and brought about drastic changes in the political boundaries and the power balance of Europe Fought on June 18 1815 near Waterloo in modern Belgium the battle ranks as a great turning point in European history After raising France to a position of preeminence in Europe Napoleon met defeat in 1814 by a coalition of major powers notably Prussia Russia Britain and Austria Napoleon was then deposed and exiled to the island of Elba1 and Louis XVIII was made ruler of France In September 1814 the Congress of Vienna convened to discuss problems arising from the defeat of France On February 26 1815 while the congress was in session Napoleon escaped from Elba and returned to France Many veterans of his former campaigns flocked to his side and on March 20 1815 he again took the throne The Congress of Vienna alarmed by Napoleons return to power had reacted quickly to the crisis On March 17 Austria Great Britain Prussia and Russia each agreed to contribute 150000 troops to an invasion force to be assembled in Belgium near the French border2 A majority of other nations present at the congress also pledged troops for the invasion of France which was to be launched on July 1 1815 Napoleon learning of the invasion plan was determined to attack the allies on their own ground before their army could form He mobilized an army of 360000 trained soldiers within two months He deployed half of these troops within France as a security force and sent the remainder into attack units On June 14 1815 Napoleon moving with speed and secrecy reached the Franco-Belgian border with 124000 of his troops Another 56000 men were left behind in supporting positions On June 15 1815 Napoleon moved across the border
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