The French Break In at Hougoumont

Lockdown Lecture presented by Professor Tony Pollard

In this Lockdown Lecture, Professor Tony Pollard explains how the French attempted to break through the North Gate of Hougoumont Farm, one of the Allies’ major defensive positions during the Battle of Waterloo. The resulting fight to keep out the French resulted in some of the bloodiest fighting of the battle, and led Wellington to later declare: “the success of the battle turned upon the closing of the gates at Hougoumont”.