18th June - Waterloo Day

#1
To anyone who needs an excuse for an ale today - remember Napoleon (loser), but more especially Wellington and Blucher.

And the blokes ..... the utter carnage. For donkies' years many sets of dentures used teeth recovered from the corpses, indeed such sets were known as "Waterloo teeth".

“Now Maitland. Now’s your time”.
 
#5
Cheers!

The French attack Hougoumont...

'A gigantic subaltern named Legros - nicknamed 'The Smasher' stove in a panel of the great north door and followed by a handful of wildly cheering men, dashed into the courtyard.

Pandemonium broke out. The defenders slashed and hewed at the invaders in desperate hand-to-hand duels. But the real thing was to prevent any more of the enemy from entering the yard. Five powerful Coldstreamers - Macdonnell, three other officers and a sergeant - threw themselves bodily against the huge door and slowly, slowly, by main force pushed it back against the pressure outside. This done they turned their attention to the invaders...

'The success of the battle of Waterloo depended on the closing of the gates at Hougoumont' So said Wellington afterwards.'

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La Garde Recule!
 
#7
Inzaghi said:
Vimeiro said:
"La garde recule. Sauve qui peut!"
Not exactly

"La garde meurt mais ne se rend pas"
I read somewhere that this was a later embellished version of the original, which was the French response to a question as to whether they would surrender. The answer was simply;

'Merde'.

(I'm not saying that this is correct, only that I read it.)
 
#9
Lucky_Jim said:
Inzaghi said:
Vimeiro said:
"La garde recule. Sauve qui peut!"
Not exactly

"La garde meurt mais ne se rend pas"
I read somewhere that this was a later embellished version of the original, which was the French response to a question as to whether they would surrender. The answer was simply;

'Merde'.

(I'm not saying that this is correct, only that I read it.)
Le mot de Cambronne
 
#10
.... and from this site

SAM SMALL (Pick oop tha' muskett)

[align=center]by Stanley Holloway[/align]

It occurred on the evening before Waterloo,
And troops were lined up on parade,
The Sergeant inspecting 'em he was a terror,
Of whom every man was afraid

All excepting one man who was in the front rank,
A man by the name of Sam Small,
And 'im and the Sergeant were both 'daggers drawn',
They thought 'nowt' of each other at all

As Sergeant walked past he was swinging his arms,
And he happened to brush against Sam,
And knocking his musket clean out of his hand,
It fell to the ground with a slam

'Pick it up' said Sergeant, abrupt like but cool,
But Sam with a shake of his head,
'Seeing as tha' knocked it out of me hand,
P'raps tha'll pick the thing up instead.

'Sam, Sam, pick oop tha' musket,'
The Sergeant exclaimed with a roar,
Sam said 'Tha' knocked it doon, reet! then tha'll pick it oop,
Or it'll stay where it is on't floor

The sound of high words very soon reached the ears,
Of an Officer, Lieutenant Bird,
Who says to the Sergeant, 'Now what's all this ere?'
And the Sergeant told what had occurred.

'Sam, Sam, pick up tha' musket'
Lieutenant exclaimed with some heat,
Sam said, 'He knocked it down reet! Then he'll pick it oop,
Or it stays where it is, at me feet

It caused quite a stir when the Captain arrived,
To find out the cause of the trouble,
And every man there, all except Sam,
Was full of excitement and bubble

'Sam, Sam, pick oop tha' musket',
Said Captain for strickness renowned,
Sam said 'He knocked it doon, Reet! so he'll pick it up,
Or it stays where it is on't ground

The same thing occurred when the Major and Colonel,
Both tried to get Sam to see sense,
But when Old Duke 'O Wellington came into view,
Well the excitement was really quite tense

Up rode the Duke on a loverly white 'orse,
To find out the cause of the bother,
He looked at the musket and then at Old Sam,
And he talked to Old Sam like a brother

'Sam, Sam, pick oop tha' musket'
The Duke said as quiet as could be,
'Sam, Sam pick oop tha' musket,
Coom on lad, just to please me

'Alright Duke,' said Old Sam, 'just for thee I'll oblige,
And to show thee I meant no offence',
So Sam picked it up, 'Gradely, lad' said the Duke,
'Right-o boys... let battle commence.'
I believe this resulted in headlines of "Mutiny among the troops" in Ye Sun
 
#12
2404Motorman said:
'The success of the battle of Waterloo depended on the closing of the gates at Hougoumont' So said Wellington afterwards.'

_______________________________

La Garde Recule!
Not forgetting what Napoleon said about those terrible "chevaux gris" - or whatever he did say in Frogese. :D
 
#13
Hougoumont was critical, but so was the arrival of the Prussians and the existence of the sunken roads. equally impoartant was the resolve displayed by the British squares and the sensible (though novel) idea of actually taking cover when the flash of cannon was seen.
 
#15
One has to wonder what the outcome would have been were Ney not such a single minded idiot...

Waterloo was certainly not a forgone conclusion at it's start and easily could have had a very differant finish... Hard fought on both sides but one set of commanders made a few less mistakes.
 
#16
Happy Waterloo Day to 30 Battery (Rogers's Company) Royal Artillery.

It forms part of our Battle Honour for our Battery... Port in Hand..

Ubique Quo Fas Et Gloria Ducunt. :salut:
 
#18
jakeball said:
Not forgetting Sgt Charles Ewart (Scots Greys) later to be ensign Ewart after securing what is now our cap badge! Where is the only place in britain to hold an original eagle? The Scots DG museum at Edinburgh Castle, raise a glass tonight!
Also Essex Regiment Museum, Chelmsford ?.
 
#19
whiffler said:
jakeball said:
Not forgetting Sgt Charles Ewart (Scots Greys) later to be ensign Ewart after securing what is now our cap badge! Where is the only place in britain to hold an original eagle? The Scots DG museum at Edinburgh Castle, raise a glass tonight!
Also Essex Regiment Museum, Chelmsford ?.
Yea thanks for that Purple strangled chicken badge I now wear on my left arm!!!!!!
 
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