Heavy Cavalry Division
1st British (Household) Cavalry Brigade
A Guards heavy cavalry brigade. With only two squadrons in three of its regiments it was barely 50% of war strength. Like most cavalry units it should have had four squadrons of 150 men.
It was initially deployed in reserve behind the centre west of the Brussels road.
It charged (with the Union Brigade) to defeat French cuirassiers and d'Erlon's infantry. Some troops reached the French 'Grand Battery but did little damage. Exhausted, it was counter-
Losses at Waterloo were severe -
1st Life Guards (2 sqns)
2nd Life Guards (2 sqns)
Royal Horse Guards (Blues) (2 sqns)
1st Dragoon Guards (3 sqns)
2nd British (Union) Cavalry Brigade
A heavy cavalry unit called the Union Brigade, on account of its having a regiment each from England, Scotland and Ireland.
Although it had only three regiments they each had three squadrons giving it about equal strength to the Household Brigade.
Initially deployed behind the centre east of the Brussels road.
Charged d 'Erlon's infantry. Some troops reached the Grand Battery where Ponsonby was killed. Lt-
Losses were heavy -
1st (Royal) Dragoons (3 sqns)
2nd Royal North British Dragoons (Scots Greys) (3 sqns)
6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons (3 sqns)