Father and son bonding at Waterloo

It’s 200 years today since the Battle of Waterloo. It’s therefore apt to re-post my 2012 posting about myself and my son’s experience at the 2005 reenactment of Waterloo.


What, is it already nearly seven years since my son and  I took part in the re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo?  How time flies!

I was recently browsing though my old Favourites (as you do!) and found myself re-reading my old article about our experiences at Waterloo in 2005.  I thought it might be worth resurrecting it here for those you who didn’t see it at the time.

“Vive l’Empereur!” comes the enthusiastic cry, as the familiar grey-coated man on a white horse canters past, escorted by his Chausseurs à Cheval de la Garde. Like the rest of my comrades in the 85ème Régiment d’Infanterie de Ligne, I place my pokalem hat on the end of my musket and wave it up in the air. It is as if I have stepped back 190 years, and really am shouting out my allegiance to my emperor.

But, no, the time…

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6 thoughts on “Father and son bonding at Waterloo

  1. Terrific pictures. I used to do ACW reenacting and while I never took my own son, I saw lots of families who always seemed to enjoy the experience. I was gobsmacked by your picture of that dragoon riding into your group. Totally unsafe. What a jerk.

    1. Quite by coincidence, I met that dragoon this year whilst working on the Chunuk Bair diorama. It was interesting him recalling the same incident from his perspective.

    1. The reenactment was indeed ten years ago, but the article I’ve just reblogged was originally written three years ago, at which time the reenactment had been only seven years ago!

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