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.

DRESSING THE LINES

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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4 responses to “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.

    • 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.

  2. 7 years? More like 10 I’d say!

    • 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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