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One Man Creates Army of Tiny Soldiers to Replicate Battle of Waterloo

One Man Creates Army of Tiny Soldiers to Replicate Battle of Waterloo

July 21, 2014 6:28 PM
Next year marks the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, when French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by an international force led by England and Prussia. Just in time for the observance, a retired U.S. military officer is recreating the battlefield - in miniature, with a quarter-million tiny hand-painted soldiers. VOA’s June Soh got a preview. Carol Pearson narrates. More

Video Army of Tiny Soldiers Replicates Battle of Waterloo

Retired US military officer recreating the battlefield - in miniature - with a quarter-million hand-painted soldiers

Texas Governor to Deploy National Guard to Border

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UN Security Council Calls for Immediate Gaza Cease-fire

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