The Battle of Waterloo in 1815 was one of the turning points in modern history; it ended the Napoleonic Era, and forcefully ushered the central figure of that time – Napoleon himself – out of European politics and into remote exile. But while everyone has heard of the battle, few people know what actually transpired – and why. This session will recount the battle, hour by hour, with particular emphasis on lost opportunities. Where possible, the words of the actual participants will form the narrative background as we examine not only the plans and thoughts of the generals, but the impressions of the lower ranks as they fought – and died.