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KoppiBlogger18 Jun 2017 2:22 a.m. PST

Today I want to show you pictures of Le Caillou, Napoleons Headquarter at Waterloo. I visited the Location two weeks ago.
Have fun with the pictures.
Report in german and english.


grecian1959 Inactive Member18 Jun 2017 2:41 a.m. PST

Thanks for the report and pictures
I'm following your blog with interest

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Jun 2017 7:09 a.m. PST

Enjoyed that -- thank you.

Russ Dunaway

DeRuyter Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2017 9:59 a.m. PST

Nice report. Didn't get to Le Caillou in 2015. Looks like they did a great job updating the museum and exhibits since I was last there in the 90s.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2017 4:01 a.m. PST

If you are not driving, it is very hard to get to. Quite a walk from the field and no public transport (well I have not been to Mt St J for three years now…so maybe…)

Le Caillou was burnt by the Prussians, despite housing many wounded and images show it gutted…..and much less imposing than the modern building.

Very interesting to how it has been updated though. thanks

von Winterfeldt21 Jun 2017 1:50 a.m. PST

it is amazing how much it changed during the last year, I remember a re enctment where we had our camp in the garden of Le Caillou.


Can you tell me more about the buring, this is quite news to me, a pointer to sources or a quote??

Marcel180921 Jun 2017 5:27 a.m. PST

The farm was indeed burnt by the Prussians in the night of 18/19 june, causing substantial damage, it was then transformed into a pub (estaminet) and saw some extensive restoration in the 1880's. In the excellent series "Waterloo 1815" les Carnets de la campagne" there is seperate volume – nr 10 dedicated to Le caillou. This has info on the building before , during and after the battle, can't give any more exact quoes as this volume is presently missing from my library

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 11:17 a.m. PST

Now that is fascinating. I do have a contemporary image in a book, somewhere, of the ruin (I thought Adkin, but no). It was much smaller than the building we see now and the picture is detailed, so probably from life.

Those Carnets de Campagne are superb. If my French was better than schoolboy ordering three beers I would buy the lot…if only for the illustrations (mind you, in that case…why not buy anyway?)

von Winterfeldt21 Jun 2017 12:11 p.m. PST

Yes I must get my missing numbers of the Carnets, thanks for the information

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 2:22 p.m. PST

Sorry not better images. Thye do suggest it was bigger than I had thought back then. Somewhere, in a book, there is a better copy of the second one. 1816 both I gather;



von Winterfeldt22 Jun 2017 4:24 a.m. PST

Thanks for the feed back

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2017 12:57 p.m. PST

Do not be discouraged. I went many years ago and enjoyed it…but do just quietly raise one eyebrow about the provenance of what is on display, following his stay there.

Remarkable that his breakfast tablecloth was still on show ten years ago, despite a fire that destroyed the building.

John Miller Inactive Member23 Jun 2017 2:05 p.m. PST

Koppiblogger; My chances of visiting these kinds of places gets slimmer and slimmer with time and even if I could ever get across the pond there are so many places of Napoleonic interest to me I could never manage to see most of them. For that reason I appreciate very much the above photos you posted. Thanks, John Miller

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2017 9:42 a.m. PST

Do it while you can. Go out of season, it is quieter and far cheaper. The dollar exchange rate against Euro and pound will only get better and better with time. Money? You can't take it with you…..spend it

John Miller Inactive Member24 Jun 2017 3:00 p.m. PST

deadhead: Good advice to be sure!!! If I ever get the chance I will consult you on things Napoleonic not miss while I am over there. By the way, always enjoy reading your comments!!! John Miller

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