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C M DODSON29 Jun 2018 1:01 p.m. PST

The Battle of Quatre Bras 16th June 1815

Timeline 2.20 PM

9th French Infantry Division, Lieutenant-general Maximilian-Sebastion Foy is advancing towards the crossroads.

2nd French Brigade, Marechal-de-camp Baron Jean-Baptiste Jamin advances on Gemincourt.

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1st French Brigade Marechal-de-camp BaronJean-Joseph Gauthier is advancing down the Brussels road clearing Nassau opposition into the Bois de Bossu.

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Dutch horse artillery, Captain Adriaan Bijleveld commanding are threatened by 6th French lancers, Colonel Nicholas-Marie de Galbois commanding and begin to withdraw from the Gemincourt position.

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Belgian Foot artillery, Captain Emanuel Stevenart commanding, contest the French advance.

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The view from the Bois de Bossu towards the 7th Belgian line infantry, Lieutenant-Colonel Francois van den Sande commanding.

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The Allied line is in danger of being engulfed by the French advance.

Every man must stand and fight.

Lang leve de Koning!

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2018 1:35 p.m. PST

The modelling is great….

It is the photography that gets me…………

Low angle, depth of focus, lighting and yet true colours.

That bottom image must seem a total waste. It is the hardest to capture. It shows nothing. It is therefore almost what Robert Capa would have captured with a contemporary camera.

I had a thing called a Yashica Dental Eye II, an incredible macro lens, with motor drive, ring flash etc. Fantastic pics. Over £800.00 GBP in the late 80s. Only snag. It took 35mm film. I made literally thousands of pics on Ektachrome and later bought a slide digitiser. Finally, I gave the camera to a local charity shop, now worth 30-50 on e Bay. (Mine was pristine 100%)

What incredible talent. Much respect

C M DODSON29 Jun 2018 10:49 p.m. PST

Thank you Mr D for your very kind comments.

You are right of course about digital photography eliminating the huge costs otherwise incurred waiting for your film to be processed, only to find they are all out of focus!

Even so with my Panasonic I on average take anything upto a hundred shots to get the one I want.

The problem is the eye eliminates imperfections but the camera does not. Therefore, just when you have your subject looking at his finest, oops, what's that tree sticking in his head ala Teletubies style.

Thank you again.


Lambert Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2018 2:17 a.m. PST

Thank you for sharing these, really stunning pictures that bring the figures to life.

Phil the french30 Jun 2018 8:07 a.m. PST

Awesome pictures! Atmospheric and outstanding job, I LOVE this!

Gazzola01 Jul 2018 6:05 a.m. PST


Great pics and scenes.

I can understand what has been said about the last one, however, on the other hand, it could be considered as the viewpoint from a spy or deserter hiding nearby.

The images are also a good memory for your past games.

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