Reenactment of the Battle of Waterloo
2015

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Two hundred years ago, the Battle of Waterloo was fought near Brussels, in present-day Belgium, on June 18, 1815. Tens of thousands of men were killed by cannon fire, bullets, bayonets, and swords in violent struggles that were fought at a distance and face to face in the Belgian countryside.
For Waterloo's 200th anniversary, 4000-5000 re-enactors, 200-300 horses and many artillery pieces and ammunition wagons descended on the battle site in Belgium to stage two key phases of the battle - the French attack and the Allied counter-attack - in front of thousands of spectators and a television audience.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Infantry
Cavalry
Artillery
Miscellaneous
Battle Scenes !

Infantry

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French light infantry with Charleville muskets. Waterloo 2015.
"In their own time they (the French muskets) made and broke empires;
they won , and nailed down , the independence of the United States.
Together with the Roman short sword and the Mongol composite bow,
they rank as the greatest man-killers of all-history."
- Colonel John Elting, US Army

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French sapper and infantry officer. Waterloo 2015.
"It is well known with what gallantry the [French] officers lead
and with what vehemence the troops follow ..."
- William Napier, British army

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Prussian landwehr. Waterloo 2015.
Some of the Landwehr battalions fought very well in 1813, 1814 and 1815.
In 1815 at Ligny, the II Battalion of 1st Westphalian Landwehr formed square on top of a hill.
The square was charged three times by French cuirassiers and heavy cavalry of Old Guard.
Each time the Landwehr fired volley and the French retired with casualties.

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British infantry. Waterloo 2015.
"Well posted, as Wellington knows how to post it, and attacked from the front,
I consider the English infantry to be impregnable ..." - French General Reille

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Scottish Highlanders. Waterloo 2015.
"Tomkinson of the 16th Light Dragoons ... believed that Scottish troops were
the best in the army in situations calling for coolness, steadiness and
obedience to orders;
he thought them less valuable in skirmishes ... ."

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Dutch Guard Grenadiers. Waterloo 2015.
In 1810-1811 the tall and handsome Dutchmen wearing their white uniforms and black bearskins
were much admired by the people of Paris. Their commander was Ralph-Dundas Tindal, a tall man
with a sentorian voice. They had as a drum-major one named Siliakus. He was a giant (202 cm tall !)
The Dutch grenadiers fought valiantly at Krasne in Russia. During the winter retreat however
they have suffered severe losses. The regiment had only 11 men in the ranks out of 1.496 !

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Artillery

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French cannon with caisson. Waterloo 2015.
"French gunners dominated Europe's battlefields in the 19th Century
because of their aggressive tactics, imaginative leaders
and their raw courage." - Patrick Griffith

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French caisson. Waterloo 2015.

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Allied artillery. Waterloo 2015.

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Allied artillery in the King's German Legion section of the camp. Waterloo 2015.

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Allied Artillery. King's German Legion 1815. Waterloo 2015.

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Allied camp. Artillery of King's German Legion. Waterloo 2015.

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Cavalry

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French Horse Chasseurs of the Imperial Guard. Waterloo 2015. (Napoleon's personal escort.)
One of the most known chasseurs was Pierre Daumesnil, "The Wooden Leg."
As a young man (17 years old) he fled home, to join the army after having
killed a man in a duel. He rose from a private to general and a Baron of
the Empire, receiving 20 (!) wounds during his career. At Wagram he
received the last of his wounds; he lost his leg, putting to an end his
cavalry career. The lost leg was replaced by a wooden prosthesis; hence
his nickname "wooden leg".
In 1814 he faced down the allies marching on Paris with the famous words
"I shall surrender Vincennes when I get my leg back !"

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Helmet of French Horse Carabiniers (heavy cavalry). Waterloo 2015.

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Austrian uhlans. Waterloo 2015.

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Miscellaneous.

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Napoleon at his Headquarters.

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Wellington :-)

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French flying ambulance of Imperial Guard. Waterloo 2015.

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Battle Scenes !

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Napoleon on horseback waving to the cheering crowds ! Waterloo 2015.

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Advancing columns of French infantry with Eagle. Waterloo 2015.

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Allied infantry square. Waterloo 2015.

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French infantry square and Allied cavalry. Waterloo 2015.

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Allied square (British, German, Dutch) with French column marching. Waterloo 2015.
Awesome photo.

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Allied cavalry repulse the French near Hougomont Farm. Waterloo 2015.
In bottom right corner Russian artillery (green uniforms, red shako-cords),
In left center Polish Vistula Uhlans, the "Picadors of the Hell", (red/white pennons)
In right center, British heavy dragoons (red uniforms, bearskins, grey horses),
and Austrian dragoons (white uniforms, helmets, red saddle cloth).

Great photo !

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Photos courtesy of James Raymond

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Links.

Battle of Quatre Bras - 1815

Battle of Ligny - 1815

Battle of Waterloo - 1815

"Just Don't Mention the Prussians !" - 1815

Napoleon, His Army and Enemies