Product Description: This Miniature Waterloo Medal is made from lead-free pewter. It is supplied with approximately 9cm of ribbon. The medal is mounted on a fold-over information card that is full colour with an image of the holding of a square at Waterloo on the front and has historical information about the medal and the Battle of Waterloo on the reverse.
Information: (obverse) the profile of the Prince Regent; (reverse) the seated figure of Victory above a tablet inscribed WATERLOO with the date of the battle in the exergue.
The Waterloo Medal was the first awarded and officially named to all ranks the took part in a particular campaign. It was issued to anyone who had taken part in one or more of the following battles: Ligny (16th June), Quatre Bras (16th June) and Waterloo (18th June), 1815.
Battle of Waterloo: On the 18th June, 1815 at Waterloo near Brussels, the army of 72,000 French troops under Napoleon attacked the combined army under the Duke of Wellington, 68,000 troops and, later that day, the Prussian army under Marshal Blucher, 45,000 troops. Towards sunset, a last French attack failed and the French retreated, pursued by the Prussians, and left 25,000 dead and wounded and 9,000 prisoners on the battlefield. Napoleon ultimately surrendered to the British (15th July) and was exiled to St Helena.