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War and society

Follow this gallery trail to become a time-travelling war correspondent reporting on conflicts of the 19th century.

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The Emperor's samovars

Two samovars that belonged to French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte shed light on his disastrous invasion of Russia in 1812. They also show how practices like tea drinking spread through different cultures.

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Battle of Salamanca

The Earl of Wellington's victory at Salamanca in July 1812 defied his reputation as a purely defensive general and shattered French dominance on the Iberian Peninsula.

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Peninsular War

From 1808 to 1814, the British Army, aided by its Spanish and Portuguese allies, held off superior numbers of French troops before driving them out of Iberia. They then carried the war into France, playing an important part in Napoleon's first overthrow.

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Battle of Waterloo

The Battle of Waterloo was fought on 18 June 1815 between Napoleon’s French Army and a coalition led by the Duke of Wellington and Marshal Blücher. It was the decisive battle of its age.

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Waterloo coatee's provenance confirmed

In 2015, the National Army Museum was presented with a rare coatee worn by Major Thomas Harris at the Battle of Waterloo. A combination of historical evidence and modern forensic analysis was used to confirm its authenticity.

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Wellington's Command

CANCELLED: George E Jaycock makes a nuanced assessment of the Duke of Wellington's generalship, acknowledging his weaknesses as well as exploring his strengths.

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William Inglis: The original die-hard

Major-General Sir William Inglis had a long and successful career. But it was his actions in the Peninsular War, when he showed enormous personal courage and leadership under fire, that earned him national fame.

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John Moore: Alone with his glory

An army reformer and pioneer of light infantry units, General Sir John Moore's inspired leadership at Corunna in 1809 saved an army from destruction, but led to his death in action.

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Great Battles: Waterloo

CANCELLED: Professor Alan Forrest discusses the Battle of Waterloo, exploring how it was fought, its aftermath and its legacy across Europe.

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The Road to Waterloo

CANCELLED: A special tour focusing on the events taking place in the lead-up to the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815.

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The 400 Men Who Decided the Battle of Waterloo

CANCELLED: Professor Brendan Simms tells the story of the men of the King's German Legion who turned the tide at Waterloo, and examines their legacy today.

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