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Rather than fighting a defensive campaign against the 7th anti-French coalition Napoleon choose to attack his enemies in Belgium before they were all fully assembled and able to co-operate.


Napoleon moved his right wing against the Prussians at the battle of Ligny. On his left wing the battle of Quatre Bras ended in a tactical draw.


The Allies ceded the field at Quatre Bras in order to consolidate their forces on more favourable ground at Mont-Saint-Jean as a prelude to the Battle of Waterloo.


After the close, hard-fought Battle of Waterloo, the combined armies of Wellington and Bl├╝cher decisively defeated Napoleon's French Army of the North.


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