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Nassauers at Waterloo / Waterloo Medal

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Pictures 1-3: Documents of the Nassovian Waterloo veteran Johann Hutter from Niedererbach (Waterloo medal certificate, Service term document, Poem dedicated the City of Wiesbaden/Capital of Nassau)

Pictures 4: Nassau Waterloo medal (first of all participating states)

Pictures 5: Nassau Taler (1815) engraved with the date of the Nassovian troops entering Paris

Pictures 6 and 7: three varieties oft the Waterloo medal miniature

Pictures 8 and 9: unknown Nassovian captain; Nassovian colonel Heinrich Friedrich Carl von Rettberg, both wearing the Waterloo medal at the first place of the bar

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Thank you for sharing these and sorry for a very belated reply - it's all interesting, but the Waterloo Certificate for the Nassau Waterloo medal is something I have never seen before...a real treasure. Kind regards, Owen

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Very, very cool. If I read that correctly, Soldat Hutter was in the 1st Nassau Regt.and only aged 19 at Waterloo. Most of his comrades were also very young and inexperienced and took a high proportion of (40%) KIA amongst their casualties, mostly from artillery bombardment in the rear center of the Allied line.

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The duke was indeed desperate to scratch the young men out of every corner of his territory in order to demonstrate that he was now true to the allies. He was probaly right to think that the Prussians would take revenge for the nassovian occupation and annex his duchy which only had been created in 1806 by the grace of Napoleon. The sacrifice of his soldiers let Nassau survive another 50 years.

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It was awarded to the two Nassau Regiments and the (Dutch) regiment Nassau-Oranien. Your 3k figure is much too low.

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The Nassau army wasn't all at Waterloo, but everyone in uniform got the medal. 

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This is a most surprising statement given the heavy losses the Nassauers suffered at Waterloo. Could you be so kind as to elaborate a bit on it?

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