Weapons to TrophiesThese bronze 6-pounder guns were captured at the battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815. They are individually named and were cast in various parts of Napoleon's European Empire n 1813. The Duke of Wellington, who commanded the anglo-allied army at Waterloo, was also Master General of Ordnance and ordered the preservation of all the guns captured during the battle. Eight came to the Tower as the headquarters of the Ordnance Office, the government department responsible for providing military weapons and equipment. Today, six of the original eight guns are mounted on accurate replica carriages made by the government carriage department in the 1950s. The other two are at Fort Nelson near Portsmouth, Royal Armouries' museum of artillery. From 1831 eight guns captured at the battle of Waterloo were displayed as columns supporting a giant trophy of arms in the Grand Storehouse, the building which stood on this spot from 1692 until 1841.
|Placed By||Commonwealth War Graves Commission|
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|Date Added||Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||30U E 702887 N 5710427|
|Decimal Degrees||51.50850000, -0.07625000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 51° 30.51', W 0° 4.575'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||51° 30' 30.6" N, 0° 4' 34.5" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 35 Tower Hill, London England EC3N 4DR, GB|
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