After resuming control of France in 1815 on his return from Elba, Napoleon advanced into Belgium, striking with his main force against the Prussians at Ligny. A subsidiary force under Marshal Ney headed towards the vital crossroads at Quatre Bras. Although initially outnumbered, elements of the Anglo‐Dutch army defended stoutly until reinforcements, and Wellington himself, arrived. By nightfall, Wellington had 36,000 men to Ney's 20,000, and was able to fall back to the position at Waterloo, having won an important strategic victory.
Subjects: British History.