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Napoleon's hat heads back to battlefield

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 01:37

The hat that French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte wore during the battle of Waterloo heads back to the place of his demise. Sharon Reich reports.

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The famous hat worn by Napoleon Bonaparte at the battle of Waterloo is prepped to head back to the battlefield that saw his demise. The two-cornered or 'bicorne' hat is kept in a museum in Sens, east of Paris. It's the very one worn by the French leader on June 18, 1815 when he was defeated by British forces commanded by the Duke of Wellington and the Prussian army. The black felted hat still shows traces of rain drops, which fell on that day on the battlefield. ` SOUNDBITE: Sens museum curator Sylvis Tersen saying (French): "This one is the last he wore because it is the one he had during the battle of Waterloo and as it was a rainy day it changed its shape and you can still see traces on the front of rain drops which tell us about the rain which was falling from the Belgian sky. So after the battle it was brought to his milliner, Poupard in Paris, to be put back into shape but it was never taken back by the emperor and was given to General Duchesne who gave it to our museum nearly one century later." One of the emperor's uniforms is also being sent to Waterloo for the bicentenary commemorations. Specialized transporters have tailor-made boxes to take the precious items to Wellington museum in the Belgian town of Waterloo where they will remain for four months.

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Napoleon's hat heads back to battlefield

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 01:37