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Instruments of Death: Season 1, Episode 6 – The Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Waterloo 1815



This episode features a real first – an examination of the recently-discovered remains of what is believed to be an English redcoat, with the musket ball that felled him still lodged in his ribs. Karl presents this episode from the field of Waterloo – the battle that decided the fate of an entire continent and saw the final defeat of the despotic Emperor Napoleon. This was the age of the British Redcoat army, so brilliantly commanded by The Duke Wellington. We’ll watch as Karl shoulders the famous Brown Bess musket, sees the effects of the cannon and the grenade and gets some idea of what it was like to face a Napoleonic cavalry charge.


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