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POLL: Waterloo Outcome Depended on Hougoumont?


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Ram Kangaroo Inactive Member writes:

…and more in line with the thread….

What about enveloping and containing Hougoumont, concentrating on Le Haye Sainte and then attacking the centre with all arms?

It seems that once LHS was captured, the French had more success pressuring the lines. The attack was poorly executed, but they nearly broke through.

The expenditure of men and effort at Hougoumont didn't accomplish anything except consume French forces.

Was Hougoumont key? On that day I believe it was, because of the French battle plan, but I think the day could have been won for Boney without it using another strategy. E.H. Carr and Haydn White notwithstanding ;)


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VOTING RESULTS
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yes
39
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no
43
39%
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no opinion
29
26%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

According to the Duke of Wellington, "the outcome of the Battle of Waterloo rested upon the closing of the gates of Hougoumont." Do you agree?