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In the olden days, if you played a drum, fife, bagpipes or bugle, the likelihood was you'd find yourself in the line of fire. Mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with our gallery of some of the most heroic musicians ever.
The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday 18 June 1815 near Waterloo in present-day Belgium. Napoleon’s French army was defeated by an Anglo-allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington and a Prussian army. Cavalry formations were controlled by some 40 different bugle calls, known to the cavalrymen and made easier to remember by the addition of words.
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