The Telegraph: Portable loos and Belgian officiousness: When ‘war’ breaks out at the Battle of Waterloo, 2015

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The Telegraph: Portable loos and Belgian officiousness: When ‘war’ breaks out at the Battle of Waterloo, 2015

By , and Adrian Bridge

The fields of Waterloo have not seen anything like it since Wellington and Napoleon faced off 200 years ago. The Telegraph is there

 

Dawn breaks in a haze over the Waterloo battlefield as two great armies stir.

The camp fire smoke drifts over Wellington’s famous ridge and horses whinny from within their pens.

They are accompanied by the snores of some 5,000 re-enactors who have over indulged on port and vin rouge the previous evening – a thunderous cacophony to rival any cavalry charge.

The famous fields of Waterloo have not seen anything like it since Wellington and Napoleon faced off against one another 200 years ago. The Allied ranks alone include 50 cannons, 170 cavalry and close to 2,500 infantry. The French are a truly international cast of re-enactors, including units from Britain, Germany, Norway, Russia – and of course France itself (although they seem to be well outnumbered by the foreign enthusiasts)…….

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