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calendrier 2010 By Pascal Moriau, Nathalie Tennstedt
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Différentes régions de France, de Belgique et d'ailleurs
The frontline Arquennes - Quatre Bras By Erwin Muilwijk
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The position at Quatre Bras formed an integrated defense which ran west towards Arquennes. This frontline provided excellent cover for the safe concentration of Wellington’s army on this day at... More > Nivelles. The idea behind it was not just a spur of the moment when the previous evening the Prince of Orange had ordered his cavalry to Arquennes. It was already considered a month previously on 14th May, when the prince had reconnoitered this village and concluded it was a fine but altogether not too strong position. The events at Arquennes and Nivelles on 16th June gain much more importance and credibility once they are placed in the strategic concept of this frontline and the defense plans designed in May.< Less
Skirmishing in the morning By Erwin Muilwijk
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Nothing did indicate during the morning of 16th June a battle was about to be fought at the crossroads of Quatre Bras. Nonetheless reinforcements were sent from Nivelles to strengthen the brigade of... More > Nassau soldiers and maintain a watchful eye on the opposing French cavalry that had appeared here the previous afternoon. These reinforcements eventually numbered the entire 2nd Netherlands Division, which boldly took the offensive that morning to regain lost ground. To enlighten the reader with a tactical understanding of the terrain of the battlefield of Quatre Bras, we have added such a description dated from December 1815.< Less
The Subaltern By George Robert Gleig
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Sir Charles Oman (1860-1946), the great historian of the Peninsular War, called George Robert Gleig's account 'charming...pleasant' and 'life-like'. Gleig avoids 'second hand stories'; his are... More > 'statements of fact' which `may be relied on' (Wellington's Army). Written in 1825, only ten years after Waterloo, the Subaltern is one of the superior memoirs of the Peninsular War. Seventeen year old Lieutenant Gleig only landed during the tail-end of the conflict, precisely during the siege of San Sebastian (1813), but his account of these often overlooked few months of bloody fighting is breathtaking. He is a vital source for understanding Wellington's invasion of France which included the crossing of the Bidasoa, the Battles Nivelle and Nive and the investment of Bayonne. This is a CAREFULLY transcripted and formatted version.< Less
In reserve By Erwin Muilwijk
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When the Prince of Orange left his headquarters on the morning of 16 June, he left a great number of his staff behind in confusion as to what to do. As if they were left ‘in reserve’ and... More > not important to assist the troops fighting the battles. This unsatisfactory situation would continue into the next days, including the battle of Waterloo and is well illustrated here through the words of the Adjutant-General van der Wijck and Surgeon Mergell. By the time both men had finally figured out there was a battle raging at Quatre Bras, it was already late in the day. So late that apart from some of the Nassau troops still fighting in the Bois de Bossu, almost the entire 2nd Netherlands Division had been placed in reserve and guarded the communications towards Nivelles. We will follow the men here in the late hours of the day, including how the wounded were taken care of. Plus additional casualty figures.< Less
Retreat By Erwin Muilwijk
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17th June was the day on which Wellington’s troops had to retreat from Quatre Bras and Nivelles and find new positions on the heights south of the hamlet of Mont St. Jean. In great detail this... More > e-Book describes the events of the Netherlands field army as it marched back and found its quarters for the night. Particular attention is given to the special role of the village Braine l’Alleud in the defensive tactics of Wellington, created on the line Halle – Braine l’Alleud and Mont St. Jean with the Prussian army at Wavre. At the end we see how the first contours were shaped to offer battle the next day on 18th June. As always our e-Books are packed with a multitude of quotes from veteran soldiers and officers. Moreover attention is also given to the commotion in Brussels created by the fighting south of the town and the measures taken by Baron van der Capellen. A brief description on the tactical importance of the Waterloo battlefield is added as well.< Less
14-18 Histoire(s) d'une guerre de cent ans By Raymond Coulon
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Les historiens de la Grande Guerre empruntent beaucoup plus aux récits des dirigeants politiques et militaires qu’à ceux des combattants du front. L’histoire officielle... More > tient plus du récit patriotique, du bourrage de crânes des années de guerre, que de la mise en perspective critique des récits des protagonistes. Le parti pris est tel que sont occultés les textes, les faux et les aveux révélant les manigances, les forfaitures et l’arrogante incompétence des dirigeants politiques et militaires qui ont délibérément provoqué le conflit et qui auraient perdu la guerre, n’eût été l’incroyable résistance des poilus et des alliés. Sont également occultées les responsabilités des historiens de l’époque dans le dressage patriotique et militariste des années d’avant-guerre, dans la validation du trucage des documents diplomatiques, et dans l’exonération des responsables de vaines hécatombes, lesquels ont ainsi pu rester au pouvoir et préparer d’autres désastres.< Less
14-18 Histoire(s) d'une guerre de cent ans By Raymond Coulon
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Les historiens de la Grande Guerre empruntent beaucoup plus aux récits des dirigeants politiques et militaires qu’à ceux des combattants du front. L’histoire officielle... More > tient plus du récit patriotique, du bourrage de crânes des années de guerre, que de la mise en perspective critique des récits des protagonistes. Le parti pris est tel que sont occultés les textes, les faux et les aveux révélant les manigances, les forfaitures et l’arrogante incompétence des dirigeants politiques et militaires qui ont délibérément provoqué le conflit et qui auraient perdu la guerre, n’eût été l’incroyable résistance des poilus et des alliés. Sont également occultées les responsabilités des historiens de l’époque dans le dressage patriotique et militariste des années d’avant-guerre, dans la validation du trucage des documents diplomatiques, et dans l’exonération des responsables de vaines hécatombes, lesquels ont ainsi pu rester au pouvoir et préparer d’autres désastres.< Less
ÉCLATS DE GUERRE ET D’AMOUR (I914 - 1918) By Hélène Manon Léon Herrmann
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Voici deux jeunes gens qui se sont écrit pendant sept ans avant de réussir à se marier en dépit de la guerre et de la différence de religion qui existait entre... More > leurs deux familles. La correspondance de deux jeunes gens naïfs qui entrent dans l’amour sans s’en apercevoir. Léon Herrmann, sera de toutes les batailles. Il sera blessé, gazé, décoré et il écrit du fond des tranchées sur de minuscules carrés de papier tandis qu’Hélène, aux environs de Troyes, cachète ses enveloppes à la cire, ce qui a pour effet d’intriguer la censure qui ouvre ses missives bleu ciel, insolites dans ces sombres années. Qu’à cela ne tienne: les amoureux s’écriront en anglais… Un anglais pas toujours parfait certes… Peu à peu, les lettres deviennent plus personnelles, mais c’est seulement en 1917, au moment de l’offensive Nivelle, que le capitaine comprendra qu’il est aimé, quand il recevra les missives précipitées d’Hélène qui s’inquiète de son silence. Il est gazé au Chemin des Dames, mais le plus heureux des hommes : il est aimé...< Less

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