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How the Irish helped win the Battle of Waterloo

The Battle of Waterloo was one of Britain’s greatest military victories. It was also a major event for Ireland, which provided the leader of the British forces, the Duke of Wellington, and up to a third of the British troops.

The battle took place on 18  June in 1815 when the allied forces of Britain, Prussia, the Netherlands and others took on the mighty French army led by Emperor Napoleon. It turned out to Napoleon’s worst military defeat.

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The Allied forces were led by Dublin-born Arthur Wesley, who is better known throughout history as the Duke of Wellington.

In the early 19th century when the battle took place, Ireland was still ruled by Britain, so despite being born in Ireland, the Duke was a British citizen. He his army to a comprehensive victory in the Battle of Waterloo, one of Napoleon’s worst defeats as a military leader.

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