Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Solferino-and if I had thought about it earlier I could have painted up some of my 1859 figures especially for the occassion.
The battle resulted in the victory of the Allied Armies of France and Sardinia over the Austrian Army: it was the last major battle in world history where all the involved armies were under the personal command of their monarchs. Over 200,000 soldiers fought in the battle, the largest since the Battle of Liepzig in 1813.
This event is probably most famous for its aftermath. Jean-Henri Dunant, appalled at the suffering of the wounded left on the battlefield began a campaign which resulted in the establishment of the International Red Cross. The rest, as they say, is history
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