French re-write history so Napoleon wins at Waterloo

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#1
Oh dear - the French have forgotten who won Waterloo.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukn...-Waterloo-to-cast-Napoleon-as-the-victor.html
The French are seeking to rewrite history by claiming that Napoleon Bonaparte was a “political virtuoso” who all but won the Battle of Waterloo. A large-scale re-enactment to mark this year’s bicentenary of the conflict will paint Napoleon as a hero.

Frank Samson, an experienced Napoleon re-enactor who will reprise the role during the reconstruction, said: "The public will acclaim him and we have forgotten that he lost. “In terms of public relations, in terms of his historical importance, it's clear that he won at Waterloo."
As for the Duke of Wellington, the man playing Napoleon dismissed him :
Mr Samson, 47, a French lawyer, dismissed the Duke of Wellington, who led the Allied army to victory on the battlefield, as a "frightful English man that no one has heard of," The Times reported.
Cheese eating surrender monkeys...

Wordsmith
 
#2
Mr. Samson certainly does have the type of Gallic face that you'd never tire of slapping.
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This is shaping up to be an even bigger farce than the 200th anniversary of Trafalgar, where it was the Blue fleet vs the Red fleet. Or some such bullshit like that.
 
#4
From The Times:

"Mr Samson, who has played Napoleon in 189 reconstructions of Waterloo, grudgingly admits that “I’ve lost every time”. However, he believes that the bicentenary — his final role, he says — will herald the victory of his hero over Wellington, at least in the eyes of public opinion."

You'd be forgiven for thinking that he might have learnt the lesson by now!!
 
#5
Judging from the size of the Lion's Mound I would say that it
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was the Young Frog what won it.
 
#6
Mr. Samson certainly does have the type of Gallic face that you'd never tire of slapping.
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This is shaping up to be an even bigger farce than the 200th anniversary of Trafalgar, where it was the Blue fleet vs the Red fleet. Or some such bullshit like that.
The 200th Trafalgar commemoration was the one I was trying to recall on 'The Battle of Waterloo 18th June' thread.
IIRC it wasn't staged on the anniversary and, as mentioned, it was Red fleet/Blue fleet etc but I seem to recall they'd staged it on the anniversary of another RN memorable date (1st June?) To be fair, it was probably pandering more to summer weather than October.
Bearing in mind that a lot of continental re enactment groups favour Napoleons lot (they do love the bad boys don't they!) I imagine it'll be amusing when thousands of them get beaten by a few redcoats.
Wonder if "it'll all come down to this item" to quote DoW

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#9
Next thing they will claim they won the second world war single handed.
...or even fought on the side of the Allies against the Axis.
 
#11
Look, everybody knows the French lost at Waterloo. Why doesn't Monsieur Sampson celebrate Talavera, or Barrosa,, or Salamanca, or Vitora.....










.....Oh, hang on!
 

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#12
My God, man.

Somebody send that man a Sharpe box set. Old Nosey might have led the Allied attack, but if it weren't for Sean Bean, a rough looking Irish Gypo freelancing as a Sgt Maj in between tarmaccing some drives, a long haired folk-singing Yorkshireman and a gwa bookworm (coupled with the ability to fire three shots per minute in any weather condition) ....they'd have lost. Pure and simple.
 
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#13
Coming next; How French Mounted Knights won the Battle of Agincourt.
You could be right as the 600th anniversary of The Great Archery Lesson is this year.......
 
#14
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Mr. Samson certainly does have the type of Gallic face that you'd never tire of slapping.
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The Germans have a word for just that.

Backpfeifengesicht.


Backpfeifengesicht
A German compund word/term that loosely translates to "Cheek pipe face".

In common use it means something to the effect of "A face badly in need of a fist" meaning this is a person that needs to be punched. Alternate translations list the given action as "slap" rather than "punch" or the given weapon as "crowbar" rather than "fist".
Uwe Boll's offenses against the video game industry would not be as bad were he not a Backpfeifengesicht.
 
#16
Regardless of our English (English note, not British. The bloody PWs were on the other side) victories - ultimately the froggies won the 100yr war. Hence why Lindermyer and others live in La Belle France and not British overseas aquitaine territory.
 
#17
75th anniversary of Mers El Kebir coming up, no chance of a re-enactment I am thinking.
 
#19
Regardless of our English (English note, not British. The bloody PWs were on the other side) victories - ultimately the froggies won the 100yr war. Hence why Lindermyer and others live in La Belle France and not British overseas aquitaine territory.
Strictly speaking the 100 years war had nothing to do with the English and French lands, we had lost all the French lands before Richard 1 died thanks to him poncing off on crusades and John being an absolute twunt.

The 100 years war was really a French civil war primarily between 2 factions as to who would be king of France. The English simply took the opportunity** to indulge in a bit of rape and pillage, (until either paid to stop or brought to battle) there was by all accounts no attempt to capture any French lands.


** We also swapped sides and allegiances with such speed and aplomb that even the Italians were forced to bow their heads in admiration.
 

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