openidwouldwork: (Schlacht)
Friday, June 19th, 2015 08:02 pm
Oh, and I've been reading about Waterloo... Heyer's Infamous Army, The Waterloo Archive: German Sources v. 2 by Gareth Glover, Strange and Norrel (still no joy), several battlefield guides... and - of course - Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe's Waterloo.

This way for what Sharpe got up to...
openidwouldwork: (*flails*)
Friday, April 10th, 2015 07:52 am
Off to get some music!

Oh, and here on the mainland there has been a lot of fuss about something going on in France...

Napoleons Comeback

Sooo I can't help but wonder... who's Wellington and what's he up to? Vienna, dancing at opera balls? *has a look at the news...*

At least Sharpe has been reconnoitreing the battlefield...

Sean Bean to front Battle of Waterloo documentary for History
openidwouldwork: (Schlacht)
Sunday, November 9th, 2014 09:30 am
So glad that's over!
*looks East* and *worries*

edit: Time Quiz
openidwouldwork: (Schlacht)
Saturday, October 19th, 2013 06:46 pm
Wildgänse rauschen durch die Nacht
Mit schrillem Schrei nach Norden –
Unstäte Fahrt! Habt acht, habt acht!
Die Welt ist voller Morden.

Fahrt durch die nachtdurchwogte Welt,
Graureisige Geschwader!
Fahlhelle zuckt, und Schlachtruf gellt,
Weit wallt und wogt der Hader.

Rausch' zu, fahr' zu, du graues Heer!
Rauscht zu, fahrt zu nach Norden!
Fahrt ihr nach Süden übers Meer –
Was ist aus uns geworden!

Wir sind wie ihr ein graues Heer
Und fahr'n in Kaisers Namen,
Und fahr'n wir ohne Wiederkehr,
Rauscht uns im Herbst ein Amen!
Walter Flex, 1917

Battle of the )
openidwouldwork: (Schlacht)
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 10:15 am
The battle has begun again.

This time with media coverage

The Live-Ticker is pretty neat...
openidwouldwork: (HappyPig)
Monday, June 11th, 2012 04:38 am
There were two things that really struck me

- that the Sharpe series was NOT filmed in Protugal or Spain

Driving first South to the beaches and then to just a little bit north of Lisbon, I kept being irritated by the countryside, it was just so wrong and not what I expected... until I realised that Sean Bean had never marched through a backdrop like the one you see in the pics of a previous post, this one and the next.

- that Portugese is NOT Spanish

Having a working, touristy knowledge of Spanish, I sort of expected to be able to use that to get around and be polite, but não. It's obrigada/o instead of ¡gracias!, sim - not si, si being taken as a short form of cinco=5 and so on... and compared to Spanish, the accent is very odd, at times almost North-Eastern European or Russian... I swear people kept going 'davai, davai'... and a normal, harmless 's' was pronounced as a truely German 'sch' (not even like the English 'sk', a real 'sch'), turning Wellington's defensive works into the Linhas de Torresch Wedrasch...

The regiments already on shore were consequently reshipped, and the whole getting under weigh the same evening, anchored at the embouchure of the little river Maceira on the 23d and 24th.

The landing here,, which began on the 25th, was extremely difficult, and attended with considerable danger. The weather was tempestuous, and a tremendous surf broke upon the high shore. [...]

The horses of the third hussars, which had been seventeen weeks on ship-board, and were now obliged to swim ashore, could with difficulty reach the land. Often was an unfortunate animal, after having been cast upon the beach by one wave and unable immediately to get on his legs, borne back by the next into the sea, and again cast ashore to be drivenfrom it in the same manner.

History of the Kings German Legion, Beamish

Looking for rio Maceira and being triaged at the hospital of Torres Vedras )
Sunday, November 9th, 2008 10:38 am
Well, today is germany's 9/11 and we have to remember the Reichsprogromnacht today.


We had a lot of things happening on 9/11 over the years... unser Schicksalstag.
openidwouldwork: (LtColSharpe)
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 09:17 pm
*I'm getting the hang of this lj-thing*

Waterloo, part 3 )
openidwouldwork: (LtColSharpe)
Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 01:10 pm
The dutch butt is the Butte du Lion, rising 45m above the ground and, to quote Sharpiefan "It's where His Silliness the Prince of Orange got himself shot by his own side. He put the mound up as a monument...
...though a certain author likes to call it 'a monument to Dutch cowardice'!"

It's in the middle of the right/west flank: The map again:

Look pictures )
openidwouldwork: (LtColSharpe)
Monday, October 27th, 2008 06:42 pm
I went to Waterloo! And took lots of pictures!

The short version, or just a few thoughts re:Waterloo in order of appearance:

- Why is there a lion's butt in the middle of Wellington's line?

- Ridge, what ridge?

- This could be anywhere on European mainland, really. You have to know what you are looking at to know what you are looking at. These could be any fields, any where. All of Europe is blooded earth, has been for millenia.

I will not try to give an account of the battle, others do that much better. I just want to post some pictures of things that struck me as important to understand what was going on.

Here we go )