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British soldiers defending the Hougomont gate during the Battle of Waterloo, June 1815.

British soldiers defending the Hougomont gate during the Battle of Waterloo, June 1815.

British square at Waterloo by giuseppe.rava, This is at Waterloo, but it is exemplary of the British Square as used in the Peninsular War.

British square at Waterloo by giuseppe.rava, This is at Waterloo, but it is exemplary of the British Square as used in the Peninsular War.

One of the finest feats of any troops during the Napoleonic wars was certainly the defence of Hougomont by the Foot Guards, Nassau & other troop detachments given the odds, and the size of the perimeter was stirling stuff!

One of the finest feats of any troops during the Napoleonic wars was certainly the defence of Hougomont by the Foot Guards, Nassau & other troop detachments given the odds, and the size of the perimeter was stirling stuff!

His Majesty's Ship Belleisle after the Battle of Trafalgar 21st October 1805; picture by Lionel Wyllie http://www.britishbattles.com/waterloo/battle-trafalgar.htm

His Majesty's Ship Belleisle after the Battle of Trafalgar 21st October 1805; picture by Lionel Wyllie http://www.britishbattles.com/waterloo/battle-trafalgar.htm

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