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The little Belgian town of Waterloo is feverishly preparing to celebrate the 200th anniversary of one of history's greatest battles, hoping it can reclaim its name from a London railway station and an ABBA song.While the battle is commonly known as Waterloo, the town itself was only the headquarters of the Duke of Wellington, who led the allied British and Prussian forces.The two colossal re-enactments – which will evoke the heat of a history-changing battle lasting a dozen hours, during which 45,000 people were killed or wounded – will involve 5,500 enthusiasts in period uniforms from 52 countries.The Waterloo battlefield has been somewhat overlooked for decades, becoming arguably more famous as the name of a 1974 Eurovision-winning song by Swedish group ABBA and a major London railway station.Waterloo hopes to eventually attract 500,000 visitors a year – twice as many tourists as soldiers who fought in the original battle.
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