Battle of Waterloo re-enacted in Belgium

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The roar of combat and smell of gunpowder returned to the fileds of Belgium on Sunday as enthusiasts re-enacted the Battle of Waterloo.

The June 18, 1815 battle saw Napoleon Bonaparte defeated by the Duke of Wellington.

Around 3,000 military enthusiasts from across Europe, armed with 50 heavy guns and supported by 150 cavalry, took part in the reconstruction of five scenes of the battle, organised as a rehearsal for the 200th anniversary of the battle in 2015.

The fickle Belgian summer served up similar conditions to what the armies faced 195 years ago, with tents soaked and damp conditions on the battlefield when hostilities began....

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