The Consequences of The Battle of Waterloo for Napoleon Bonaparte's Reputation

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The Battle of Waterloo was a bloody and gruesome battle for everyone involved. Perhaps one of the worst consequences of the battle, however, was that it tarnished the reputation of Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon, who was at one time, regarded as a tactical genius and prodigy for his day, became the laughing stock of the world after a number of foolish military mistakes that probably would not have been made if the French forces been commanded by another military leader. Nevertheless, the Battle of Waterloo was a crucial battle for many reasons. The Battle of Waterloo was fought between the French army, under the command of Bonaparte and the Allied powers, made up of Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, leading the United Kingdom as well as Allied forces from the Netherlands, Belgium, and German states, totaling about 67,000 soldiers (BBC). In addition, Prussian Marshal Gebhard von Blucher commanded about 100,000 troops, and merged together with Wellington in Belgium, on the northeast border of France, in order to consolidate their forces and increase the size of both of their armies (BBC). Realizing the importance of keeping the armies of Wellington and Gebhard von Blucher separate, Napoleon came up with the strategy of plowing right down the middle of the armies, effectively cleaving the mass of soldiers in two, and destroying the armies one at a time, or at least that was the plan (BBC). This strategy seemed to fit with Napoleon's overall technique, which

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