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Friday, 18 June 2010


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I didn't catch the start of these posts so have missed some of the atmosphere in my catch up. I must say it's a terrific way of dealing with the battle in such a concise manner. I look forward to it's conclusion later.

Thanks, 'GD', if you start here

you can work your way forwards. I thought it might be fun to have a 'rolling news' scenario on the days it actually happened.

I did start from there which is why I feel I missed some of the atmosphere by reading it in a single session. I am now just about to devour the last scenes. Thanks for taking the time to make such a series of enjoyable postings.

Glad you enjoyed it, 'GD', although I wish I had spent more time in preparation but I didn't think of it until the day I started it. Never mind, it was a bit of fun.

Charge of the Union Brigade destroys and routs d'Erlon's Corps

This film, along with all the other continental and ex-colonial pap written about Waterloo, misses the critical point of the charge of the Union brigade - namely, that it destoyed Bonaparte's strongest Corps outside of the Imperial Guard. Instead, the film, and all the other pap spewed by anti-British elements, focuses solely on the mauling received by the Union Brigade after it had ridden over d'Erlon's Corps and burst out the other side behind the French front lines. That Europe was saved from its own tyranny by a Brigade of one English, one Irish and one Scottish cavalry regiment sticks so badly in the craw of Brit-haters that they airbrush it out of history.

One Brigade of cavalry in exchange for Boney's premier Corps of line infantry was THE exchange that made victory at Waterloo possible.

The lying MSM, eh? Same as it ever was.

Son of Duff

Lawrence, I can't go along with that assertion. I refer you to your copy of 'The Waterloo Companion' in which, at the back, it covers the various controversies that still thrive, one of which reads :

"That d' Erlon's Corps was destryed by Picton's division and the Union brigade."

Its conclusions are:

" a: D' Erlon's corps was undoubtedly repulsed with severe but not crippling losses [...]
b: Only two and a half out of the four divisions actually attacked the ridge.
c: Most of the casualties are unlikely to have been caused by the Union brigade.
d: The corps was able to recover quite quickly and participate effectively in further fighting.
e: The great majority of its losses at Waterloo occurred after the first attack and in the final retreat."

Remember one of the divisions continued fighting for La Haie Sainte long after some of the others had been sent flying by the Union brigade - and indeed, in the end they succeeded in taking the farm house. Also on the far right they continued a stiff fight for the small hamlets and villages, Papelotte, etc.

The fact is that the British (and others) cavalry did what they always tended to do which was to allow their blood lust to overcome their discipline. It left Wellington with very little heavy cavalry to deal with the swarms of French cavalry that surrounded his squares later on.

Wellington never entirely trusted his cavalry, and nearly 130 years later, neither did Montgomery!

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