BBC historian Lucy Worsley says Battle of Waterloo was NOT a British victory

BBC historian Lucy Worsley says Battle of Waterloo was NOT a British victory because Wellington completely downplayed the part played rest of Europe Wellington's triumph in Belgium has been hailed as one of Britain's finest hours  Worsely said that the leader deliberately glossed over the role the Prussian army  She said British badly needed a victory after being rocked by Napoleonic war 

By Jack Elsom For Mailonline

Published: 11:01 GMT, 30 October 2020 | Updated: 11:09 GMT, 30 October 2020

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BBC historian Lucy Worsley has said the Battle of Waterloo should not be trumpeted solely as a 'British victory' because of the firepower brought by European allies.

She said the Duke of Wellington deliberately glossed over the role the Prussian army played in helping defeat Napoleon in 1815 in order to boost morale back home.

Wellington's triumph in Belgium that led to the collapse of the French Empire has been immortalised in military history and hailed as one of Britain's finest hours. 

But in an interview with History Revealed magazine, the TV presenter said the wartime leader went to lengths to warp the narrative in his favour.

BBC historian Lucy Worsley has said the Battle of Waterloo should not be trumpeted solely as a 'British victory' because of the firepower brought by European allies

BBC historian Lucy Worsley has said the Battle of Waterloo should not be trumpeted solely as a 'British victory' because of the firepower brought by European allies

Wellington's triumph in Belgium that led to the collapse of the French Empire has been immortalised in military history and hailed as one of Britain's finest hours

Wellington's triumph in Belgium that led to the collapse of the French Empire has been immortalised in military history and hailed as one of Britain's finest hours

A reenactment of the 1815 Battle of Waterloo, which took place south of Brussels

A reenactment of the 1815 Battle of Waterloo, which took place south of Brussels 

Asked if the conflict was a 'British victory', Worsley said: 'It depends on your perspective. If you were the Duke of Wellington then yes, it was totally a British victory. 

'But if you were the Duke of Wellington's European allies, then you might get rather annoyed by that statement.   

Worsley said that Wellington's first cable back to London all but whitewashed their involvement. 

She said: 'The European allies referred to the battle as the Belle Alliance and saw it as a European collaboration, but from the earliest dispatch sent back to Britain after the battle, Wellington was calling it the Battle of Waterloo after the place it was fought, playing down the collaborative nature of the victory.' 

Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher's 30,000 Prussian forces tipped the balance against the French at Waterloo and saw Napoleon's outnumbered soldiers retreat. 

Moreover Wellington's own army counted thousands of Europeans among its ranks, including 6,000 from the King's German Legion, 17,000 from the Netherlands and Belgium, 11,000 from Hanover, 6,000 from Brunswick and 3,000 from Nassau.

Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher's 30,000 Prussian forces tipped the balance against the French at Waterloo and saw Napoleon's outnumbered soldiers retreat

Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher's 30,000

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