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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2018 9:38 p.m. PST

"In April 1815 the holiday atmosphere in Brussels reached its peak. Since March rumours had been buzzing in the Belgian capitol that the Duke of Wellington would be appointed commander in chief of the army massing to invade France. Nothing was sure of course, at that moment it seemed as if the Duke's young friend the Hereditary Prince of Orange would be in command, however the disaster that would have occurred by allowing the brave, well intentioned but young prince to oppose Napoleon was averted when Colonel Campbell, the head of the Duke's Household staff arrived in Brussels to set up his residence in the Rue de Montague de Parc. Throughout the army camps, the veterans had previously worried over where "Nosey" was at. Now the news that their old invincible general had arrived was greeted with the greatest approval, now they would really show Boney a thing or two…."
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C M DODSON11 Sep 2018 11:38 p.m. PST

Interesting piece. It is perhaps ironic that the Prince, backing his Divisional commanders insubordination by not abandoning Quatre Bras when instructed, saved the Dukes ' goose'!

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Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 1:36 a.m. PST

Which would not have been necessary had Steinmetz not abandoned and left wide open the road to Brussels without informing Wellington that he had done so. The first Wellington knew of the French advance via that road (which was in the Prussian sector) was when they arrived at Quatre Bras!

1815 truly is a story of other people rescuing the Prussians over and over again from their abject ineptitude.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 11:22 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!. (smile)

At least … the Prussian correct their mistakes at Waterloo when they save the day… (smile)


seneffe12 Sep 2018 12:44 p.m. PST

Perhaps that correction should not have been necessary in the first place and then the day would not have needed saving… (smile)
Good find as usual.

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2018 1:42 a.m. PST

They lost all the 1815 battles they fought without Wellington, so in fact, they fled to Waterloo so he could save their a55….

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