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    Posted 5 years ago

    vetraio50
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    On June 18, 1815 around 10 am Napoléon's forces began an attack on the Château d'Hougoumont (originally Goumont). The chateau was heavily fortified with Wellington's light company of the 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards under the command of Lt-Colonel Henry Wyndham and members of the 1st Battalion, 2nd Nassau Regiment. All in all the number of Allied soldiers there was just 1210 men.

    The attempt on the chateau was a tactic to draw British forces away to the right flank. It was the beginning of the Battle of Waterloo.

    Napoléon's move on the farm complex and surrounding hillside included 33 battalions in all, 14,000 troops. Wellington defended the area with 21 battalions (12,000 troops). On June 18, 1815, 6,500 men were killed, or suffered terrible injuries, at Hougoumont. Many were dumped in a mass grave there to deter thieves.

    Wellington declared afterwards that "the success of the battle turned upon the closing of the gates at Hougoumont".

    It began as a diversionary tactic but became the most violent point of the fighting. "Wellington's army defended the chateau and the hollow way running north from it. In the afternoon Napoléon personally ordered the shelling of the house to cause it to burn, resulting in the destruction of all but the chapel."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hougoumont

    Victor Hugo devoted two chapters of his book, Les Misérables to this battle at Hougomont.

    What you see here in the photo are the remains of some outhouses of the chateau. It is a photo postcard published by E.G. that I believe was a Belgian firm E. Grégoire, Series 5 No.20.

    Comments

    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks POPS52!!!
    2. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 5 years ago
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdvH1BRm1MI

      enjoy the day.............
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      WOW!!! very good write up!!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks PHIL, ROYCROFTBOOKSFROMme and DEAN too!

      Hey SEAN!

      Can you email me, please?
    5. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      France must be haunted with all those who perished in war there. All wars.
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      And Belgium too!

      Many thanks KAREN, VIOLETORANGE, TOM 'n GARY too!!!
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the Baloise connection too ROYCROFTBOOKSFROMme!
    8. tom61375, 5 years ago
      You're very welcome Kevin, always a joy to see these! =)
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Thanks again TOM and thanks to you too ROnM!!!
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!!!
    11. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      Hello Kevin!! yes I can email you :)
    12. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      I just need your email. so , my email is in my profile.
    13. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 5 years ago
      An amazing story Kev, thanks for sharing and my favourite two books, Victor Hugos' Les Mis. I worked on these shows in Australia and when I moved to London took my husband to go seeon the West End...my mother gave the 2 books to my father as a gift before they were married and I gave these to my husband when they were given to me by my father when I worked on the show. If I could get my hand on another copy as book 2 went missing and I've tried everywhere to find it. A campaign set, ie made small so the WWI troops could carry and red whilst on their tours of duty, published by Collins Australia in red hardcovers. If anyone knows of anyone who has a set I would be most appreciative.
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      I hope someone sees this ANNE.

      Thanks to you and MIKELV, TREY 'n AUSTRO too!
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks GEO, BELLTOWN, KERRY, WALKSOFTLY 'n INKY too!!!!!
    16. toracat toracat, 5 years ago
      Waterloo helped fill the Catacombs! I think, I visited this in 1972. Incredible! Another great posting!!
    17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks DON!!!
    18. Zowie Zowie, 5 years ago
      So many post cards & so much information who needs history lessons
    19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks ZOWIE!
      These cards have taught me much!
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks GARY !!!!
    21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks MANIKIN!!!
    22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks PETEY !!!!
    23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks MIKKO!!!!!
    24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks NORDICMAN !!!!!
    25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thinks CAPERKID !!!!!!

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