openidwouldwork: (Schlacht)
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: (LtColSharpe)
*I'm getting the hang of this lj-thing*

Waterloo, part 3 )
openidwouldwork: (LtColSharpe)
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 )

Waterloo

Oct. 27th, 2008 06:42 pm
openidwouldwork: (LtColSharpe)
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 )

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