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Television historians mark 200 years since the conflict
The Battle of Waterloo will be brought to life by two of Britain's best known military historians at Birmingham Town Hall on September 21.

Father and son team, Peter and Dan Snow, will mark the battle's bicentenary with an illustrated talk based on their new book, The Battle of Waterloo Experience.

Peter Snow, Dan Snow, Battle of Waterloo, Town Hall Birmingham
Waterloo experience: Peter and Dan Snow

They will explain how, on the morning of Sunday June 18, 1815, Napoleon and Wellington faced each other for the first and only time across farmland south of Brussels.

The Snows will be examining the strengths and weaknesses of the leaders, the armies and their weapons. Like all the greatest battles, Waterloo is steeped in controversy — it ended in decisive victory, but it might so easily have turned out differently. Peter and Dan will explore all the questions the battle raised. Who made mistakes? Would Wellington have won without Blücher and his Prussians? What was the main cause of the French defeat?

Peter Snow, Dan Snow, Battle of Waterloo, Town Hall Birmingham
Battle scene: Scotland Forever - charge of the Scots Greys at Waterloo (pic: Wikipedia)

Peter Snow, CBE, is a highly respected journalist, author and broadcaster. He was ITN's Diplomatic and Defence Correspondent from 1966 to 1979, and presented Newsnight from 1980 to 1997. An indispensable part of election nights, he has also covered military matters on and off the world's battlefields for 40 years.

Dan Snow is an historian who has researched, written and presented several documentaries and appears regularly on the BBC's One Show as their History Man. With his father he presented the BAFTA award-winning Battlefield Britain and wrote the accompanying bestselling book.

Peter Snow, Dan Snow, Battle of Waterloo, Birmingham Town Hall
Venue: Birmingham Town Hall

Chris Baldock, Head of Commercial Programming at Town Hall Symphony Hall, said: "We're delighted to welcome Peter and Dan Snow to Birmingham to mark this significant anniversary of one of the world's most important battles. Hearing their talk about the Battle of Waterloo will be an informative yet at the same time entertaining experience, not only for existing fans, but also for new audiences."

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Why? TV historians bring the Battle of Waterloo to life
When: September 21, 2015
Phone: 0121 345 0600
Where: Birmingham Town Hall
Cost: £15 - £17.50 plus fees
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