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C M DODSON11 Jun 2019 6:58 a.m. PST

The Battle of Quatre Bras 16th June 1815

Timeline 4.20PM

1st French Brigade, Marechal-de-camp Baron Pierre-Francois Bauduin commanding, is making good progress against a faltering resistance in the Bois de Bossau.

Brunswickers from the Avantgarde, under Major Adolf von Rauschenplatt comprising Gelernte-Jager and Light Infantry deploy in support of their Nassau and Belgian comrades.

French artillery assembled on the Heights of Gemioncourt are engaging the British infantry of Picton's 5th British Infantry Division.

British and Hanoverian artillery units are now in action giving the Duke some much needed artillery support.

Having routed the initial Nassau opposition, the French 1st Infantry Brigade, Marechal-de-camp Baron Jean-Joseph Gauthier is now confronted by His Britannic Majesty's 42nd Regiment of foot, The Black Watch, Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Robert Macara, commanding.

This unit is supported by 44th Regiment of foot, the East Essex, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel John Hammerton.

Contemporaneously, Marechal Ney, is located by an aide de camp from 2nd Brigade 11th French Cavalry Division and informed that Lieutenant-general Samuel-Francois, Baron L'Heritier is awaiting orders.

Meanwhile, French 2nd Infantry Brigade, Marechal-de-camp Baron Jean-Louis Soye is advancing rapidly down the Brussels road towards the crossroads in support.

The Duke is heartened by the arrival of the Brunswick Hussars, Major Frederich von Cramm in command.

On the Allied left the 6th Dutch Hussars, Lieutenant-Colonel Willem Boreel having seen off the French 6th Chevau-Legers-Lanciers are assailed by by their comrades from the 5th, Colonel Jean-Francois Jacqueminot commanding.

French 5th Infantry Division, Lieutenant-general Baron Gilbert-Desiree Bachelu has now crossed the Gemioncourt stream and is attacking 8th British Infantry Brigade, Major-General Sir James Kempt.

The Allies are now engaged along their whole front as well as their left flank on the Namur road.

3rd British Infantry Division, Lieutenant-General Count Carl von Alten, the nearest reinforcement is nearly an hours march distant.

For England and St. George. Advance!

Mr Jones11 Jun 2019 7:25 a.m. PST

Nice one!

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2019 9:27 a.m. PST

Really clever as always.

Favourite? The one through the window…or maybe the first two in the wood, …..or maybe the second from last in the hayfield. Or maybe all of them…..

d88mm1940 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2019 10:00 a.m. PST

Absolutely stunning! I didn't know they had cameras back then…

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2019 10:55 a.m. PST

Not colour anyway…….

Widowson11 Jun 2019 12:08 p.m. PST

You must tell us – how do you get the smoke effect?

Dynaman878911 Jun 2019 4:07 p.m. PST


Choctaw12 Jun 2019 10:31 a.m. PST

Once again I'm reminded how dismal my modeling skills truly are.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2019 11:25 a.m. PST

I'm not kidding, at first I thought the first picture was from a reenactment.

Bloody realistic terrain!

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2019 12:47 p.m. PST

I am sure you know this is just the latest from a long series or postings of such images. He did explain the smoke effect and blamed his wife (no, not her nicotine consumption. I will leave him to explain, as I recall she is the expert at SFX).

I cannot understand how he captures such movement in still pictures, but also the sense of documentary photography. It would work even better in B&W of course, because that is how all real wars have been fought. Even before Daguerreotype's invention…..

C M DODSON12 Jun 2019 11:48 p.m. PST

Thank you again to everyone for their kind comments. They are most appreciated.

Deadhead is right in that my wonderful, long suffering wife, suggested a disco smoke machine instead of a bee smoker. The house still fills with smoke but at least it doesn't smell anymore!

The smoke is wonderful in recreating the vast amounts that were representative of the battles of the age.

However, it brings photographic problems in that it absorbs light and causes refractions.

Nevertheless, when the elements line up the results can be very nice indeed. Thank goodness for digital for saving a fortune in lost shots.

I intend eventually to launch a web site featuring this, Ligny and other
projects but for those interested this site tells the story and the story behind it.



With respect to black and white photography I personally feel that whilst photo edit gives you the options, the whole point of Napoleonic times was that it was the grand age of the military tailor.

Thank you again.


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