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Waterloo Plans 200th Anniversary of Battle

Men dressed as Napoleon's soldiers fight in a reeanactment of the battle of Waterloo on June 21, 2009 with some 1,200 other history enthusiasts from 20 European countries. While the battle has been reenacted annually in recent years, 2015's 200th anniversary promises to be the largest one yet.  (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)
Men dressed as Napoleon's soldiers fight in a reeanactment of the battle of Waterloo on June 21, 2009 with some 1,200 other history enthusiasts from 20 European countries. While the battle has been reenacted annually in recent years, 2015's 200th anniversary promises to be the largest one yet. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo — where the British Duke of Wellington, with a little help from his Prussian allies, finally defeated Napoleon, the French emperor who dreamed of uniting and ruling the whole of Europe.

There are big plans to mark the anniversary, which is June 18th, but it’s not without controversy. Who, for example, will play Napoleon when the battle is re-enacted?

From Waterloo, in present-day Belgium, the BBC’s Europe correspondent Chris Morris reports.


Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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