The League of Augsburg

An excusable digression.. Waterloo Day

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Five years ago today I was in the privileged position to have witnessed one of the two mega events at  Waterloo 200. Little memories include watching Charles and Camilla sweeping up with their entourage as UK representatives, literally almost colliding with Mr Farage as he made political capital at

Hougoumont and, hailing a bunch of HLI drilling in a field near the chateau in my very...

Gunter's video of LoA Waterloo 2015 + Blog links

My own 2nd Dragoons


As a 'non-Facebooker' I often miss bits and pieces of hobby stuff. This particular 2+ minutes of video footage was taken by Germanicus at our 2015 re-fight of Waterloo in Derby.

Adrian made the terrain, Toggy, Gerry, Peter, Barry and several other chaps provided the 8,000 or so figures. The event was a decisive result and the game...

Republic to Empire at 10 GBP!

As I am just about to take delivery of a large quantity of The War of Three Kings I need to make some space in the store. I currently have quite a lot of Republic to Empire after commissioning a hugely optimistic print run a few years back. Although the book sells well, I will be using the remaining copies to build a small housing estate if I don't do something with them now.

Typical French...

Waterloo 200 - League of Augsburg style

Waterloo from the south west

This was months in the planning and involved Adrian building from scratch 72 tiles to an exact ground scale plan. Bob and Gerry spent copious amounts of both time and money swelling the ranks of their collections so that in the end, together with my own collection and contributions from Alan Cuggy, Bill Paterson, Colin Napier, Ross McNeil and Peter McCarroll we were...

Final report from the Front line Waterloo Part 6

210615 1015 - Zaventem Airport - the final dispatch from your front line correspondent at Waterloo 200. Last night's re enactment was quite different than the first.
British Light Cavalry
The Allies were all deployed already, no marching on. Napoleon did a circuit of the field to equal cheers and boos. The Allied guns (7 possibly 8 batteries) pumped out shots like they were using free money.

Report from the Front 5.. more action from Day 1

Setting a precedent for the blog today by posting twice in the same 24 hour period. The occasion I believe, merits a different approach at least for this week anyway.....

Walking to our seats this is the view of the reenactment field.
Having had a sleep I can write a little more about yesterday's action. The re enactment took place on the ground between the sunken road and the initial jump off...

News from the front 4 - Waterloo re enactment day 1

Union Brigade attack D'Erlon's Corps
I feel words are somewhat superfluous after this evening. I have just arrived back at the hotel and it is probably time to hang up my dice because no experience will top what I saw tonight. I took over 400 shots in less than 2 hours. This is raw stuff with no work so straight from the field.
RHA Battery

I think I'll reflect a little with my head on the pillow and...

News from the Front Part 3 - Hougoumont and the bivouacs

Skirmishing practice by the 71st Foot at Hougoumont

Continuing my front line report from Waterloo on the very day 200+ ....
Cavalry! Cavalry! Close up!

We started off this morning in drizzling rain walking from La Belle Alliance along the route of attack by the Imperial Guard. The feeling in the group was very excited and full of anticipation. We had a rendezvous at Hougoumont for a showing round the...

Waterloo report from the Front 2: La Haye Sainte, Charles, Camilla and John Major

As we walked by La Haye Sainte 0855 17th June 2015
70+ degrees and at 0835 we are standing on the site of Wellington's Elm. Little did we know that within three hours we would have seen Royalty and found an ex-Prime Minister of the UK in his post ministerial job!
Has the World Cup moved from Russia to Waterloo?
Grand stands along the attack route of I Corps
Just what have the done with the hallowed...

Report from the Front... Waterloo 16th June

French vehicles - notice the colour wargamers!!!!
I am fully engaged as Battlefield Tour Guide on the Geek Nations Waterloo 200 event which began yesterday in Belgium. The schedule has been pretty full so far. Yesterday we were at Ligny for 0900 and sampling the new Gerard Museum with the bonus of a re-enactor bivouac containing KGL, French and Prussian units.

French wagon at Ligny
I spoke with some...