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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2019 9:01 p.m. PST

… at Waterloo.

"During the 100 days after the return of Napoleon Bonaparte from Elba in 1815,Napoleon's army, which was created rapidly, was largely composed of inexperienced and insufficiently trained units. Insufficiently trained soldiers stepped into the shoes of the veterans that were killed during previous campaigns. Although the Imperial Guard was re-established, it did not match up to the experience of the units during their time of greatness. Against this background, the Polish lancers of the Guard were distinguished, as soldiers of one of the greatest units of cavalry in Napoleonic Europe – the First Regiment of Lancers of the Imperial Guard…"
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42flanker06 Sep 2019 10:08 p.m. PST

"Square of the Forty Second Regiment of Highland "Black Watch", squashed by Polish cavalrymen at Quatre Bras…"

…or not.

BillyNM06 Sep 2019 10:49 p.m. PST

"…elite Scottish Forty Second Regiment…" elite?

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2019 2:02 a.m. PST

They are Scots, they are bound to be elite. And 'squashed' obviously means 'broke into the square as it was forming, were trapped when the ranks closed up and were slaughtered to a man'. Seems clear to me.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2019 3:39 a.m. PST

To be fair he does cast doubt that the Poles were even at Quatre Bras and also stresses that it is British accounts that give the Poles such prominence every time lancers are mentioned anywhere. Still applies whether Bonadarchuk's Waterloo 1970 or Glover's cover to Waterloo Myth and Reality.

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2019 11:41 a.m. PST



Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2019 12:14 p.m. PST

The French lancers that fought against the Black Watch were French line lancers belonging, I believe, to Pire's command.

Delort07 Sep 2019 1:45 p.m. PST

It is perhaps possible that the Polish squadron was serving with the service squadrons that were at Ligny?

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