Waterloo 1815

Discussion in 'The NAAFI Bar' started by Pararegtom, Jun 18, 2009.

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  1. Pararegtom

    Pararegtom LE Book Reviewer

    It,s 194years today that the Iron Duke sent Bonaparte home to think again, How we could do with a leader like him now.
     
  2. I saw the title and thought we were going on a mystery train ride :D
     
  3. Like Bonaparte!
     
  4. Why? Do you not think Gordon Brown is better?
     
  5. Pararegtom

    Pararegtom LE Book Reviewer


    Take your medication!!!
     
  6. Than Napoleon or Wellington?
     
  7. BLUCHER, the real hero of Waterloo
     
  8. old_fat_and_hairy

    old_fat_and_hairy LE Book Reviewer Reviews Editor


    Bollox! It was Sharpe. Do you not know your history? :D
     
  9. But Blücher very nearly missed the party. B.
     
  10. If our present Dear Leader resembles any of the great men of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars it is surely Tsar Paul I. Delusional, autocratic even by Russian standards, sacked half his generals for not embracing his vision of a return in military values and practices to the good old Middle Ages, had more than the odd issue about his parents, and was generally regarded as a mad pygmy on the world stage.

    He ended up assassinated by a bunch of chaps he had sacked...
     
  11. Yeah, somehow Blucher was the real hero after spending all day marching whilst Wellington was meeting the French main effort head on...but Ze Prussians won it, no really...
     
  12. Fair play to the bloke, it's doubtful if the British could have met another concerted push by the French without being driven back on the coast. If Napoleon had managed to split the Allies, he might have been able to force a negotiated peace - in any event, the campaign would have dragged out far longer.

    Blucher was a bit of a card and his ability to keep command after being ridden over by cavalry and still force an unwilling staff to march to the aid of Wellington show a fair amount of character. In the end, it was a combined effort that won the day.
     
  13. Michael Bentine's Potty Time re-enactment of the battle of Waterloo has to be the all time best.

    It caused a bit of a stir at the time IIRC as Blucher's arrival was shown using miniature Panzer tanks.
     
  14. And he had an invisable elephant as a friend