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    Posted 7 years ago

    vetraio50
    (724 items)

    Another card collected by Septimus and Clara Miller in 1907 was this photo postcard published by E.G. (a Belgian firm run by E. Grégoire). There is something uncanny about the trees and the printing fault too on this image.

    La Belle Alliance is an inn situated just thirteen kilometres south of Brussels in Belgium. It was built around 1765 - and the name of the place refers to a marriage alliance between a widow and one of her workmen. These days the place is used on Friday and Saturday evenings as a night club.

    On the morning of June 18, 1815 the farm house became Napoléon Bonaparte's headquarters for the Battle of Waterloo.

    On Sunday the 18th of June Wellington was occupying the ridge of Mont-Saint-Jean to the south of Waterloo and Napoléon Bonaprte occupied a ridge at La Belle Alliance across the valley.

    After the battle, at around 21:00, the Duke of Wellington and Gebhard Blücher met close to the inn signifying the end of the fighting.

    We refer to the Battle of the 18th of June as the Battle of Waterloo.

    Napoléon Bonaparte used another name “la Bataille de Mont-Saint-Jean” - (Wellington stayed at the Ferme Mont-Saint-Jean on the night of June 17 before the battle).

    Another name that was proposed for the battle came from one of Wellington’s Allies at the Battle General Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher.

    General von Blücher suggestion was a pun: “La Belle Alliance” – the Great Alliance to commemorate the European Seventh Coalition of Britain, Russia, Prussia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Sardinia, and a number of German States which had all joined the coalition to defeat the French Emperor.

    In German it is still known as « Belle-Alliance Sieg ».

    It had a good ring to it!

    But Wellington thought it would not do to name the battle after the loser's command post; he preferred Waterloo a town to the north of the battlefield itself.

    But certainly this inn/command post was where Napoléon Bonaparte met his Waterloo!

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    Comments

    1. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 7 years ago
      Great postcard & love the history behind it.
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks VINTAGE FRAN 'n GEO too!!!!!
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks VIOLET ORANGE, AGHCOLLECT 'n KERRY10456 too!!!!!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks BLUNDERBUSS2!!!!
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks TOM!!!!
    6. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Very beautiful place!!
    7. walksoftly walksoftly, 7 years ago
      Very interesting!
    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks SEAN, AUSTRO, MIKELV, KAREN, WALKSOFTLY 'n TREY too!!!!!
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks PHIL, MANIKIN & GARY!!!
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ELISABETHAN!!!!
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Design shift!
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks MANIKIN!!!!!
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks TED STRAUB!!!!!
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks PETEY !!!!
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks MIKKO!!!!!
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks NORDICMAN !!!!!
    17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks CAPERKID !!!!
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks RADEGRUNDER & AURA too !!!!!
    19. IVAN49 IVAN49, 5 years ago
      This is interesting to read:
      http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1256/wea.246.04/pdf
      It was raining heavily before the Waterloo campaign and most probably Wellington was waiting to engage after the rain.French army had artillery shells filled with shrapnel, being devastating to both cavalry and infantry. But the rain turned every field into deep mud, so shells exploded in mud and were practically useless. This has been reconstructed recently and ineffectiveness of French shelling was proved.
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks for the article IVAN .... looking forward to reading it !!!!
    21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks SKLO, ANNAB & CECI too !!!!!!
    22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks NICEFICE !!!!!!

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