Napoleon however seems to have expected that quatre-bras would not be held by any serious force.
He then hurried to the support of Ney's attack on quatre-bras.
Ney, with 45,000 men, began an attack on the position of Wellington at quatre-bras.
About two o'clock however he began, with Reille's corps only, the battle of quatre-bras.
Ney was therefore to beat back the foes at quatre-bras, and then turn to envelop the Prussians.
In the evening he ordered concentration on Nivelles, and not till the morning of the 16th did he direct movements on quatre-bras.