Hollywood actor Sean Bean tells the story of Waterloo, one of history’s most decisive battles. Sean’s journey of discovery is inspired by his own experiences of playing Napoleonic soldier Richard Sharpe in TV films based on Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling novels. In the programmes he draws on the eye-witness accounts of soldiers who fought at Waterloo to tell the story of the dramatic events of 18 June 1815 as they were experienced by the ordinary soldiers who fought it. He pieces together the chronology of the battle and visits some of the legendary places where the outcome was decided, including the buildings at Hougoumont which witnessed some of the heaviest fighting. He also meets descendants of some of the soldiers who fought at Waterloo, to discover how they remember the achievements of their ancestors.
This 1945 British film told a very plausible story about a triangle between a woman, her soldier husband, and her new lover. Jim Colter (John Mills) has joined the services, leaving his wife Tillie (Joy Shelton) with his mother (Beatrice Varley) and sister. Tillie is lonely, meets Ted Purvis (Stewart Granger), and falls for him.
On the morning of June 18th 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte, the master military tactician, empire builder and arch gambler faced his ultimate challenge. Across a non-descript piece of Belgian farmland we now call Waterloo stood his enemy the Duke of Wellington, the man chosen by Europe to lead the coalition armies against him and to crush him once and for all. Just four months earlier, Napoleon had been all but forgotten, living in ignominious exile on the tiny island of Elba. But now he was back, at the head of a truly elite French army. Napoleon's Waterloo' not only examines the bloody conflict between the French and Coalition forces, but also the intense personal rivalry between Napoleon and his nemesis, Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington. When Napoleon broke free from exile and once more threatened Europe, the European rulers turned to Britain and Wellington as their only hope. Napoleon knew that only Wellington stood between him and glory, the fight to stop him at Waterloo would claim 50,000 lives.
In World War I London, Myra is an American out of work chorus girl making ends meet by picking up men on Waterloo Bridge. During a Zeppelin air raid she meets Roy, a naive young American who enlisted in the Canadian army. They fall for each other, and he tricks Myra into visiting his family who live in a country estate outside London, where his step-father is a retired British Major. However Myra is reluctant to continue the relationship with Roy, because she has not told him about her past.
After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, the Duke of Wellington, beat Napolean's best generals in Spain and Portugal, but has never faced Napoleon…This film is probably the best film ever made that so vividly depicts the unique relationship between these two exceptional characters: Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington and Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French, who, between them, were the greatest military minds of that era.