"Waterloo! Waterloo! Waterloo! morne plaine!" As Victor Hugo so aptly expressed it in Les Châtiments, it was on 18 June 1815 that the Allied British and Dutch, commanded by the Duke of Wellington, and the Prussians, under Field Marshall Blücher, nicknamed Marshall "Forwards" and Prussian put an end to Napoleon's reign. The geographical irony of it is that the scene of most of these events was not Waterloo, but neighbouring Braine-l'Alleud.