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5th February 2007

The Death of the Duke of Brunswick

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The Death of the Duke of Brunswick

The above image depicts the death of the Duke of Brunswick at the battle of Quatra Bras on June 15th, 1815. 

An excerpt taken from Wellington's Dispatches, dated June 19th, 1815, reads as follows, "…His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange, the Duke of Brunswick, and Lieut. General Sir Thomas Picton (), who were engaged from the commencement of the enemy's attack (Napoleon), highly distinguished themselves (). The troops of the 5th division, and those of the Brunswick corps (The Black Brunswickers), were long and severely engaged, and conducted themselves with the utmost gallantry. Our loss was great, as your Lordship will perceive by the enclosed return; and I have particularly to regret His Serene Highness the Duke of Brunswick, who fell fighting gallantly at the head of his troops." 

The contrast between father and son (see previous blog) could not have been greater!