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C M DODSON04 Apr 2018 4:17 a.m. PST

The Battle of Quatre Bras 16th June 1815

Napoleon, Emperor of France, employing his favourite strategy of the central position has invaded Belgium on the 15th June. The Prussian army covering the frontier has retreated towards Sombreffe whilst the Allied army has failed to mobilise.

' Napoleon has humbugged me ' states the Allies premier general, Sir Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington on hearing the invasion news.

Having split the Allied armies successfully, Napoleon appoints Marshal Ney to command his left wing advancing on Frasnes. Ney arrives at approximately 5 PM with his ADC, Colonel Heymes to assume his duties. He finds his new command strung out on the march and attempts to find out where everybody is.

Meanwhile, a short distance from Frasnes, at Quatre Bras, Prince Bernard Von Sachsen-Weimar, commander of the 2nd Nassu brigade decides to ignore the Dukes orders to concentrate at Nivelles and advises his commander of his decision. As a result of this action Baron Perponcher-Sedlnitsky, commanding the 2nd Netherlands Division decides to concentrate at Quatre Bras too. This act of insubordination means that there is at an Allied presence at Quatre Bras as opposed to none at all.

The strategic importance of this junction is that whilst being the main highway to Brussels it also through the old Roman road of Nivelles to Namur, that Wellington's army is still tentatively linked to Blucher's Prussian army.

Possibly due to a lack of staff officers, tiredness ( allegedly hung over) or a desire for specific orders from his Majesty as operations evolve, Ney has made no effort to close up his command or advance on Quatre Bras on the morning of the 16th June.

However, around noon an Imperial messenger arrives with specific orders from his Majesty to march forward and destroy all opposition.

The scene is set.

Timeline Morning 16th June 1815 to 2PM.

French Chasseurs from the 6th Chasseurs a cheval question local refuges about the whereabouts of the Allied Army.

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Polish lancers from the Elba squadron, Chevau-Legeres-Lancers de la Garde Imperial reconnoitre the Dutch Belgian position near the Bois de Bossu.

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Prince Bernard von Sachsen-Wiemar, commanding 2nd Infantry Birgade discusses the situation with his officers at the Ferme de Quatre Bras.

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Belgian foot artillery commanded by Captain Emanuel Stevenart position themselves between the Bois de Bossau and Ferme de Gemincourt.

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Gemincourt farm is occupied by elements of the 2nd Regiment Oranien-Nassau.

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Nassau troops enter the Bois de Bossu to take up position.

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The Duke of Wellington together with William Frederik, Prince van Oranje, commanding 1st Corps examine the French activity from outside Ferme de Gemincourt. The Duke having approved the Prince's dispositions will shortly depart to meet with Feldmarschall Blucher at Brye.

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Dutch skirmishers from the 27th Jager Battalion engage with French voltigeurs in an attempt to keep the French off guard and exaggerate the Allied presence.

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7th South Netherlands Line Battalion arrives from Nivelles and is directed into position.

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Marechal Michael Ney, Duc d'Elchingen, Prince de la Moskowa observes the Allied positions from the Bois de L'Hutte. Lieutenant-general Honore-Charles, Comte Reille commanding 2nd Corps is vary of being ambushed by the Allies. The undulating terrain and tall crops mean that the Allied dispositions are almost invisible to the French.

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However, the Emperor's orders must be obeyed, Avant mes braves, a Bruxelles!

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2018 4:30 a.m. PST

Beautiful terrain.


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2018 4:35 a.m. PST

Brilliant start. I have many saved images from the Ligny series.

Trois Bras is a nice touch…someone has been researching!

My favourite so far, the Dutch skirmishers, as they engage French Lights. It looks more re-enactors, than models, in any scale!

Osage2017 Inactive Member04 Apr 2018 4:46 a.m. PST

the Elba Squadron . . . wow, amazing beauty . . .

Artilleryman04 Apr 2018 5:48 a.m. PST

Not my scale but a brilliant piece of work.

summerfield04 Apr 2018 7:21 a.m. PST

Wonderful. It would have been great to put some pictures in my latest book Becke's Waterloo Logistics. At least I put the model of Hougoumont, Brye windmill and La Haye Saint. It makes a statement backed up by the maps.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2018 12:06 p.m. PST

Are these (or more) on a blog somewhere? (all I get are red error messages where maybe a link should be?

Lambert Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2018 12:41 p.m. PST

Wonderful pictures. So what scale are these figures?

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2018 12:58 p.m. PST

To Dave Jackson.

It is tragic. I tried Google "C M Dodson Ligny TMP" and found many of his old postings. Most images are lost by the Photobucket scam that hit so many. (They used to offer a free service, they introduced charges…fair enough…..but they went retrospectively and, without a subscription "third party" viewing is now blocked)

A couple of tasters I did find

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The suggestion is that Benno's Figures Forum host them too

Personal logo green beanie Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2018 8:11 p.m. PST

Love the pictures and the detail. Thank you for sharing.

C M DODSON04 Apr 2018 10:53 p.m. PST

Thank you to everyone for their kind comments. This project, like its predecessor, Die Schlacht von Ligny is a re fight in 20 mm with the pictures being the documented record.

The projects creation is available at Bennoes figures forum as is the whole of the Ligny project.

Photo-bucket created massive problems but Paul at Bennoes re-established the links for which I am very grateful.

I am currently working on the next move as the French attack develops. The most amazing thing about rebuilding an accurate battlefield is the insights it gives you. The Dutch forces available initially are dwarfed by the landscape let alone the French despite the area being relatively small.

Happy modelling, Chris

Digby Green Inactive Member06 Apr 2018 8:53 p.m. PST

Wow those photos area really great.
The cavalry walking through the village and the skirmishers in the field look just about real!

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