2000 Aussies to meet their Waterloo

“Aussies are everywhere this summer!” say the folk who are chronicling the commemoration of a battle that happened more than 10,000 miles away from Sydney. And, as far as we can tell, has little to do with Australia.
GoEuro.com, which is honouring the 200 year commemoration of the Battle of Waterloo (the town in Belgium, not the rail station in London!), says it has estimated that up to 2000 Australians will be visiting or taking part in the event.
How do they know? “Using ticket and visitor information from the official Waterloo 2015 organisation, as well as our own search and booking data into Belgium,” they told us, adding, “Aussies are everywhere this summer!”
What’s it all about? 200 years ago, on Sunday, 18 June 1815, the Duke of Wellington’s Anglo-allied soldiers (anyone know if any Aussies were on parade?) fought against Napoleon’s French army in the Battle of Waterloo. The short but furious struggle marked the end of 20 years of conflict and began an era of peace which lasted nearly half a century.
The bicentenary commemoration takes place between 18 – 21 June 2015, with over 190,000 visitors making the trip to Waterloo – more than 50% of them attending or appearing in the battle re-enactments marking the anniversary. By pure coincidence, that’s almost the exact same amount of visitors as the 174,000 soldiers who fought in the battle 200 years ago.

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