The Duke of Wellington led a coalition of nations that expelled the Grande Armee from the fields at Waterloo on the 18th of June, 1815. The Duke of Wellington later addressed the Congress of Vienna, where there were in attendance French officers. The officers stood and turned their backs on Wellington. An onlooker tried to apologize to the speaker for the rude display.
“Not to worry Madame,” Wellington remarked. “I have seen their backs before.”
Sources and Citations
Regan, Geoffrey. 2002. Military Anecdotes. Carlton Books Ltd.