"Waterloo! Waterloo! Waterloo! dismal plain!" As Victor Hugo so aptly expressed it in Les Châtiments, it was on 18 June 1815 that the Allied British and Dutch troops, commanded by the Duke of Wellington, and the Prussians, under Field Marshall Blücher (nicknamed Marshall "Forwards") put an end to Napoleon's reign. The geographical irony is that the scene of most of these events was not Waterloo, but neighbouring Braine-l'Alleud. Visitors now come here from all around the world to visit the famous mound and the commemorative sights dedicated to the battle.