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10 Amazing Objects From the Battle of Waterloo

A new online gallery has launched featuring 200 artefacts from the Battle of Waterloo.The site, created by the National Army Museum and...

A new online gallery has launched featuring 200 artefacts from the Battle of Waterloo.

The site, created by the National Army Museum and Waterloo200, marks the 200th anniversary of the battle. 

Laura Hawkins asked Alwyn Collinson from the National Army Museum how they found the objects.

See below for a selection of some of the fascinating artefacts from the famous battle:

1. The Duke of Wellington's Boots

These boots were owned by the Duke of Wellington who popularised medium-length leather boots as they were practical for both the battlefield and the ballroom. These boots were the precursor to the modern 'welly.' Photo English Heritage/ Relic Imaging Ltd

2. The Saw and Glove Used to Amputate the Duke of Uxbridge's Leg

After Lord Uxbridge was hit by cannon-fire during the battle his leg had to be amputated. The glove is still stained with this blood. Photo National Army Museum/Relic Imaging Ltd

3. French Cuirass

French cavalry soldier Antoine Fauveau was killed after a British cannonball smashed through his chest. The Cuirass shows the devestating damage the impact caused. Photo Musée de L'Armée/Relic Imaging Ltd

4. Captain Holmes' Vertebra

Captain George Holmes died after being shot in the spine. His widow wanted a souvenir of her husband's death so arranged to have his body boiled, the damaged vertebra removed, varnished and set with silver. She also kept the bullet that killed him. Photo private collection/Relic Imaging Ltd

5. Waterloo Medal

Every soldier who fought in the battle was given the Waterloo Medal. It  acknowledges the sacrifice of every man from Privates to Generals and is a tradition that continues to this day. Photo National Army Museum/Relic Imaging Ltd

6. Napoleon's Burnous

An Egyptian-style cloak was worn by Napoleon the night before the battle. The Emperor had a fascination with Ancient Egypt since he invaded the country in 1798. The cloak was looted from his carriage after the battle. Photo Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

7. A Life-Saving Penny

Most pennies couldn't stop a musket-ball. Luckily for this British Soldier he was carrying a George III 'Cartwheel Penny,' an unusually large and thick penny that stopped the bullet killing him. Photo National Army Museum/Relic Imaging Ltd

8. Dentures of the Dead

These dentures were made from the teeth of dead soldiers. Teeth were in big demand and after a major battle scavengers would roam the field looting the mouths of the dead. Photo Victoria Art Gallery, University of Liverpool/Relic Imaging Ltfd

9. Eagle Standard of the 105th Regiment

Every French Regiment had its own Eagle, personally presented by Napoleon, that represented the unit and was guarded fiercely. As you can imagine they were highly sought after by British troops. Photo National Army Museum/Relic Imaging Ltd

10. Sword Carried By Napoleon at the Battle of Austerlitz

This sword was carried by Napoleon at the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805 and was his favourite sword seeing it as a lucky charm. Photo Musée de L'Armée/Relic Imaging Ltd