SNC017 Sergeant Ewart, 2nd Dragoons (Scots Greys), 1815
Napoleon stands as one of the greatest commanders of all time, with a reputation that even today holds military leaders in awe. But by 1815 that intense unity of purpose which had once characterised his way of waging war was diluted, and both of his opposing generals, Blcher and Wellington, were able to recover from mistakes and avoid disaster in the Waterloo campaign because of it. Generals did not usually get a second chance when they were facing Bonaparte. He was still a great commander, with a genius for strategy that was easily to outmatch Wellington and Blcher in this campaign. But tactically, Wellington was markedly his better, obtaining inspired results in spite of regular shortages in cavalry and artillery, and often with poorer raw material within his armies.