Camlann 537 King Arthur killed, perhaps mythical, by Mordred. Naseby

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Waterloo (Napoleonic Wars)

18 June 1815

Waterloo (in present-day Belgium)

The Battle of Waterloo was the last great battle of the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) and marked the end of France’s attempt to dominate Europe.

Aliwal (First Sikh War)

28 January 1846

Aliwal (in present-day Punjab, India)

The British were led by Sir Harry Smith, while the Sikhs were led by Ranjodh Singh Majithia. The British won a victory which is sometimes regarded as the turning point of the First Anglo-Sikh War.

Balaklava (Crimean War)

25 October 1854

Balaklava, Crimean Peninsula (in present-day Ukraine)

The battle is famed for two British cavalry charges and the 93rd Highlanders’ ‘thin red streak tipped with a line of steel’ which repulsed a Russian cavalry attack. The Charge of the Light Brigade led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava was the result of a miscommunication which saw the Light Brigade charge, unsupported by infantry, into the mouths of massed Russian cannon. The charge is commemorated in Lord Tennyson’s poem.

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