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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2019 8:04 p.m. PST

"In the late afternoon of June 17, 1815, men in high riding boots and dark green uniforms stormed south of Waterloo on the Chaussee to Brussels through the front door of Le Caillou Farm. One of them was the Fourriers du Palace (Quartermaster of the Palace) by the name of Pierre Quentin Joseph, Chevalier Bouillon. He served at the age of 16 years in the army. His task was, among other things, to select the quarters for the emperor while he was traveling or campaigning. The farm Le Caillou was to become Napoleon's last headquarters in a campaign."


C M DODSON29 Aug 2019 10:24 p.m. PST

Excellent as always.


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2019 1:10 a.m. PST

it is a very good tour of the museum.

There needs to be some scepticism about the claims for authenticity of some of the relics on display. They did awfully well to survive in a building burnt to the ground by the Prussians;



Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2019 11:13 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friends!. (smile)


holdit30 Aug 2019 12:48 p.m. PST

On a trip to Waterloo 15 years ago I picked up a copy of this painting of Napoleon's command conference on the morning of the 18th. The colour of the floor tiles in the painting match those in our kitchen so that's where it's been hanging ever since.

The real room is much narrower than is suggested in the painting. The museum is worth a visit, and the ossuary in the back garden gives a sense of the scale of the carnage.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2019 12:08 p.m. PST



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