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After S Wharton (active 1816)

Distant View of La Belle Alliance from the Spot where Buonaparte rallied the Imperial Guard 1816

RCIN 750740.d

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The elite Imperial Guard answered directly to Napoleon, and were undefeated in battle. At around 7.30pm, Napoleon ordered them to advance. The repulse of the Guard by the British artillery was a decisive moment of the battle, sending panic through the French lines, which began to retreat.