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Monday, June 15, 2015
Isle of Man Stamps & Coins - The Battle of Waterloo
conjunction with Waterloo 200, the Isle of Man Post Office will be presenting a
set of four se-tenant pairs of stamps in celebration of the bicentennial
anniversary of the Battle ofWaterloo.
200 organiser, Mick Crumplin, said, "As education lead for Waterloo 200
and a military historian, I was delighted with the Isle of Man's decision to
commemorate one of Britain and Europe's most important historical events - the
Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. The stamps splendidly portray various stages
in the action of the 18 June, 1815. This issue will remain a treasured memorial
for collectors and the general public."
famous battle, depicted on stamps in various stages from both sides of the
conflict, marked the end of the Revolutionary (1792 - 1803) and Napoleonic (1804
- 1815) wars. Financially it cost Britain dearly and resulted in a greater
proportional loss of life than World War II.
Napoleon Bonaparte's abdication in 1814, he made a surprise return to France the
following year, which prompted an extensive mobilisation against him from the
combined British/German and Dutch army, the Prussian Force, the Russian army
and the Austrian army.
response, Bonaparte advanced to the border of France and the Netherlands (now
Belgium) in anticipation of an allied invasion, and for the first time he faced
the Duke of Wellington.
broke out on the 16 June following two preliminary battles, and two days later
a three mile allied line, which included three defended farms (Hougoumont, La
Haye and Papelotte) awaited Bonaparte's preliminary move.
approximately 12.45pm a 64-gun battery fired on Wellington's left centre, followed
by a 17,000 strong infantry assault, repelled by a strong, but wasteful,
British heavy cavalry attack, which in turn was countered by French cavalry.
Fighting continued on both sides all day, but by the following evening victory
was assured, as the Prussian cavalry pursued the French off the battlefield.
The victory, however, was tainted by the loss of 55,000 men; either killed,
wounded or missing.
stamps relive the battle by capturing its key stages, including the preliminary
battle at Quatre-Bras, the fighting at Lay Haye-Sainte, the defence of Chateau
de Hougoumont and an image of General Rowland Hill , one of Wellington's
Cooke, Chairman of Waterloo 200, said, "Waterloo 200 is a registered
charity with a vision to deliver an appropriate international commemoration of
the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and its consequences for the
history of Europe. As the Chairman of Waterloo 200 we are delighted to be in
partnership with the Isle of Man Post Office Stamps and Coins division."