Take a close look how the Allied armies advanced through France after their victory in the battle of Waterloo, by visiting the online collection of the Cassini atlas of France.
Highly detailed maps made by the Cassini family in the 18th century of France, more in particular by César-François Cassini and later his son Jean-Dominique Cassini, provide you an excellent idea of the countryside, the towns and villages, the roads and river crossings and fortified places. Updated versions were still in use in 1815.
These maps will surely help you follow our history on the invasion of France due in Volume Four next year. Take a look at the Cassini maps right here.
Don't forget we also paid attention to contemporary atlasses of the Netherlands in another news item!
Just a few weeks before I published my third volume I made a last visit to the battlefield of Waterloo and made some walks across the fields. Among one of the prominent monuments was that dedicated to the Belgian troops who fought in the campaign and in this battle. It is located at the crossroads of the Ohain road from where you conveniently can shop at the visitors centre, or turn the other way towards Papelotte and the main road leading from the village of Waterloo to Charleroi.
Even I myself had obviously seen the Belgian monument, erected just prior to World War One, on many occasions and this time decided to make a few more closer photographs all around. I consider it a very beautiful monument for the period in which is was designed and erected to honour the commitment of the Belgians in 1815.
What makes this monument even more special is the fact that of all the troops joined together and serving in 1815 in the Netherlands field army, this is the only monument remembering their participation. No monuments are present for the Dutch and Nassau troops.
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