The Tories' commemoration of the bicentenary of Waterloo is another example of their wish to boost the image of the armed forces today. John Newsinger relates the real reasons for the battle in June 1815.
The Conservative right was determined to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Waterloo bloodbath in style.
After all, the centenary in 1915 had been spoiled by the fact that, at the time, the British were allied with the French against the Germans who had been Britain’s allies in 1815.
Indeed, there had been more German troops in the field that year fighting the French than there were British.