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The Bridge at La Puebla de Arganzon

Today the French were seen consolidating their positions, east of
the Zadorra river, that skirts the west side of the city of Vitoria.
With Jourdan in hes sick bed and King Joseph making the most
of the break in the long march by courting La Marquesa.
It's been left to the Marshal's subordinates, to make whatever
dispositions they can from an expected confrontation with
Wellington.
An enormous wagon train of booty now clogs the streets
of Vitoria. Jourdan and Joseph are keen to send these wagon
trains forward, even at the expense of he's artillery due to a
shortage of draft horses. So a Convoy leaves that night.

The battlefield centres on the Zadorra River, which runs from
east to west. As the Zadorra runs west, it loops into a
hairpin bend, finally swinging generally to the southwest.
On the south of the battlefield are the Heights of La Puebla.
To the northwest is the mass of Monte Arrato. Vitoria stands
to the east, two miles (3 km) south of the Zadorra.

Gazan's divisions guarded the narrow western end of the
Zadorra valley, deployed south of the river. Maransin's brigade
was posted in advance, at the village of Subijana. The divisions
were disposed with Leval on the right, Daricau in the centre,
Conroux on the left and Villate in reserve.
Only a picket guarded the western extremity of the
Heights of La Puebla.

Further back, D'Erlon's force stood in a second line, also south of the
river. D'Armagnac's division deployed on the right and Cassagne's on
the left. D'Erlon failed to destroy three bridges near the river's hairpin
bend and posted Avy's weak cavalry division to guard them.
Reille's men originally formed a third line, but Sarrut's division was
sent north of the river to guard the Bilbao road while Lamartini?re's
division and the French ( Spanish ) Royal Guard units held the
river bank.

British and French troops in La Puebla de Arganzon before the battle
begins, Elcorreo


As the battle lines are drawn, tomorrows re-enactment draws criticism
between Vitoria's ruling City Council and the opposition. As arguements
fly over the cost of Gunpowder in refighting the Battle of Vitoria on
Saturday.

The cost of defending Vitoria today

Battle Of Vitoria – looking back at the re-enactment of 22nd June

The combat at La Puebla Arganzon

The dawn of the 21st June see’s Wellington’s men advancing towards
the Zadorra river with General Hill’s division tasked with turning the
French left flank by securing the bridge at La Puebla and driving the
French from the nearby heights of Puebla, across the river.
This would be no mean feat, as the French have garrisoned the
village and posted a picket line covering the approaches to La Puebla
and it’s this picket line that fires the first warning shots that morning.

Following the alarm the French officer commanding La Puebla,
orders the reveille and turfs he’s men out of camp to confront
Rowland Hill’s men, in the fields beyond La Puebla.

For General Hill the day couldn’t have started any better, with he’s
men easily driving in any French pickets that crossed their path
during the descent into the Zadorra valley.
But as he’s men filed through the Spanish hamlet of Tuyo, the
muffled sound of drums, bugles and trumpets could be heard faintly
in the distance. Seeing a cavalry patrol ride out, Hill joins them
together with he’s staff officers, scouting ahead; further along
the road they climb a nearby hillock to reveal the valley floor
below, with the Rio Zadorra river meandering through the village
of La Puebla.

Taking a field glass from he’s aide, Hill scans the village below
where ( to he’s relief ) he finds the bridge still intact. Of course
their’s always the possibility that the French have planted explosives,
to blow the bridge before it can be taken; but for now it’s in
one piece.
Lying before the bridge, Hill can easily make out the French
encampment, it’s unwise position ( before the bridge ) betraying
the haste with which the French have made camp, without
realizing how close their enemy was and ( as we now know )
the indecision of the French high command with Marshal Jourdan
taken ill.

Focusing on the French camp, Rowland Hill can easily make out
the hive of activity taking place. With men falling into line,
as cavalrymen mount up to take up position in the vanguard
of the French line, that’s forming up to confront the enemy.
A French officer wearing the most gaudy of white plumed hats,
rides between the ranks encouraging the men. as banners
are unfurled and the first column marches out along the
road to Tuyo.

Hill snaps the spyglass shut and after returning it to he’s aide,
rides back along the line of march, encouraging he’s men to
close up so that no stragglers are left behind.
Hill’s division mainly comprised of British troops also includes
Wellington’s Spanish and Portuguese allies. The Portuguese
proving as steady and reliable under fire as any of he’s best
British troops whereas the Spanish are something of a rum lot,
drawn from a mixed bag of regular troops and partisans,
that take time developing into cohesive units.
Nevertheless what they lack in quality, they more than make
up for in enthusiasm and fierce determination to rid the
country of Napoleon’s troops and the humiliation of the
French occupation.

As Rowland Hill’s troops arrive in the valley below, they
find the French drawn up against them, with their left flank
covered by uneven broken ground ( difficult for cavalry )
while their right rests on the Rio Zadorra river.

Hill responds by drawing he’s men out of column of march
and into line, on the opposite end of the field. Being composed
mainly of infantry and artillery. He places the British & Portuguese
infantry on the left with the Spanish holding the right.
On opposite ends of the line he places he’s Portuguese guns with
cavalry in reserve while to front and flanks the 95th Rifles take
up their usual forward positions to harass the enemy.

The French are likewise short of cavalry and only number dragoons
amongst their ranks therefore with most of he’s force comprised
of infantry. The French commander mirrors the Allied line with
artillery on either flank.
The French respond to the British line by opening up a bombardment
which Hill counters by replying with he’s Portuguese cannon.
As the British, Spanish and Portuguese troops advance to within
musket shot of the French, the 95th soon send any French
skirmishers packing before opening a deadly fire against the
gunners of the French artillery. With the guns silenced, the
British line are free to fire their infamous volleys into the French
line that falters and then falls back against the hail of musket
balls.

The French commander, unable to make he’s men stand,
orders he’s troops to fall back to the bridge at La Pueblo and
the comparative safety on the other side.


First Combat in the fields before La Pueblo

Video of first Combat at La Pueblo


Wellington strikes, the all out assault on La Puebla de Arganzon

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Above photos, courtesy of ElCorreo

The Battle for the bridge at Puebla de Arganzon vi,deo

British & Portuguese troops battle through the streets of Puebla de Arganzon, video

The Battle of Vitoria, as presented on Spanish news channels

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:24 pm 
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The Spanish campaign continues

Apologies to my regular readers who have found I've left
this to one side for such a long time but due to holidays
and work commitments. Haven't had the time until now.

Anyway I've started on my updates above.

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Room for my updates to the Spanish campaign

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More room for my updates to the Spanish campaign

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:29 pm 
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Soult's last gamble and the finale of the Siege of San Sebastian, 1813

The Siege of San Sebastian and the Battle of San Marcial, 31st August 1813

Following the Battle of Vitoria, the French army left Spain, leaving only a
couple of garrisons in North West Spain, these being Pamplona and the fortified
city port of San Sebastian. Wellington keen to secure a Basque port near he's
theatre of operations and at the same time clear he's rear area of any
remaining French garrisons, chose to besiege San Sebastian.
This would be no mean feat , as San Sebastian stands on a hilly outcrop of a
peninsular, jutting out into the Bay of Biscay, its fortifications very strong,
with the eastern side protected by the estuary of the Urumea River.
Laying siege to the city on the 7th July, Wellington personally led the first
assault on the 25th July but was beaten back with heavy casualties.
Undeterred Wellington brought more siege cannon forward to batter the
city walls and by the evening of the 30th August had battered two breaches
to the east of the city walls. An assault is scheduled for low tide on the 31st
August, therefore the troops retire to their quarters in preparation for
the following days assault.

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While Wellington's troops slept in the camps and trenches surrounding
San Sebastian.
Marshall Nicholas Soult decides to commit seven divisions of he's best troops
in a desperate attempt to relieve San Sebastian and with it, the imminent
invasion of France.

The Allies, fully committed to the forthcoming assault, have left only a light line
of defences facing the French border, to guard against any possible relief from
Soult. Nevertheless further inland, Wellington had positioned some British and
Portuguese divisions at Vera, Lesaca and Irun, together with some Spanish
troops of Freire's 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th divisions, occupying the heights
overlooking Irun and the Bidassoa river.

Video of Our Brave Boys on San Marcial Heights, ready to receive the French

The Allied line on San Marcial Heights overlooking Irun on video

Under cover of a thick, early morning mist, Soult's French divisions approached
the Rio Bidassoa.fording the river in several places protected by their guns.
The Allied positions at Irun and Vera were surprised and overrun but not before
warnin g the Spanish general Freire at he's encampment by San Marcial.
Freire sounded the reveille and soon drew he's troops into line, along the slopes
of the San Marcial heights. Soult's troops having secured the town of Irun,
proceeded to march up the slopes of San Marcial in their traditional assault
columns, where Napoleon's Imperial troops were met by a resounding and
crushing volley of musket fire that decimated the front ranks.
Then with bayonets fixed, Freire's Spanish troops proceeded to roll back the
French columns, forcing them to fall back down the hill in a confused mass. Soult
rallied he's men as best he could, committing more troops to a fresh assault of
the San Marcial heights but the Spanish held firm, delivering yet another
bloody nose to the French assault.
Soult, unable to hold he's men back as the Spanish approached, called he's
troops off, retiring to Irun before finally ordering he's men back to France, across the Bidassoa river.

Excellent video showing the preliminary movements of the French line
as they come into contact with Anglo - Spanish troops on San Marcial heights.
Note the Allies using Wellington's favourite reverse slope position, so the
French only really see the full Allied line, when coming into close contact.


Battle of San Marcial, action begins at 2:50


As usual Spanish TV Reporters were their on the scene to record the action
as Soult manuevers he's troops for a desperate assualt of the San Marcial
Heights. Fast forward to 2:17 for the start of the battle.


French attack San Marcial Heights, TV video

Combat at Vera

At first the retreat went well but a violent thunderstorm struck the area in the
afternoon bringing with it torrents of rain. Consequently by the time the French
rearguard of 10,000 men reached the Bidassoa fords, they had become
impassable. Therefore the French General of Division, had no other choice but
to seek another crossing point and the only one available was the bridge at Vera.
Most of the bridges over the Bidossa were held by the Allies and the bridge at
Vera was no exception being defended by a 70 man company of the green
jacketed, 95th Rifles who's Captain had loopholed a couple of buildings
overlooking the bridge. From where they could easily use their Baker
rifles to deadly effect.
The rain continued to pour down as the French marched made their approach
to Vera.

To be continued . . . . . . . . . .

Local Spanish newspaper report on the Battle of San Marcial

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Above courtesy of San Sebastian Bicentennial information site

Wellington's troops storm the breach of San Sebastian

The 2 month siege that's cost so many lives on both sides came to a
bloody conclusion yesterday. As you know from my earlier post above,
British siege guns have blasted two breaches in the walls of San Sebastian.
Now the officer commanding the siege, Lieutenant-General Thomas Graham
reckons the time is ripe for an all out assault on the 31st August.

As the breach was on the east side of the city facing the estuary, the soldiers had
to wait until low tide at 11am. Of course that very morning Soult was also
engaging the Spanish line at San Marcial, in a vain attempt to relieve the
besieged garrison.
Anyway at the appointed hour, Graham sent in the British 5th division, making
their assault to the south of the main breach. Here the soldiers dashed some
180 yards, from the trench to the foot of the breach with little loss. Only for
many to be mown down in a terrific volley fire from the French. Again and
again, the 5th Division rushed up the rubble strewn breach only to be cut down
in swathes.

It turns out the French have built an inner wall thats stopped British from
breaking through the defences. Hundreds of soldiers were killed as Graham
committed more and more troops to the assault. Despite sending in more
divisions, they were unable to break through the second wall. Even a
Portuguese brigade splashing across the Urumea river were held back before
the breach. Two hours fighting had achieved nothing as the survivors took
cover to avoid the French fire.

Video of Wellington's troops attacking San Sebastian

After consulting he's artillery officer, Alexander Dickson. Graham ordered
the guns to fire on the inner wall, despite the risk to many of British survivors
lying beneath the barrier. With the British guns firing over their heads, their
was initial panic amongst the survivors but as the smoke cleared, they noticed
the cannon had wrecked the inner wall.
Amidst wild yells they charged the barrier, scaling the top of the rubble strewn
inner wall, as the dazed and confused French fell back before them.

With their defence lines broken the French retreated through the streets of
San Sebastian, to the safety of the inner Citadel of a Fortress perched on top
of the hill of Urgull, within a couple of hours the Allies had taken the town,
leaving only the Citadel in French hands.

Videos of French troops falling back through the streets of San Sebastian yesterday

Fierce fighting as French troops fall back

More fierce fighting as French troops fall back

The ransacking and burning of San Sebastian

Upon entering the town, the British and Portuguese troops, soon uncovered
plentiful amounts of Brandy and Wine stored in Shops and Warehouses.
Helping themselves, they soon descended into a reeling and riotous mob.
Drunken and enraged at the heavy losses they suffered, they soon ran amok,
killing, pillaging and burning the city.
Some British officers tried to stop the looting but were either ignored or
threatened by the drunken soldiers and so many houses and streets in San
Sebastian were burned to the ground overnight. Leaving only one street
unscathed, that being the same street that British and Portuguese officers
had secured for their quarters.

Video of British troops securing San Sebastian

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More room for last report of Spanish campaign.

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Napoleons enemies converge for a big battle in Leipzig, Germany

Napoleon's position in Eastern and Central Europe has been deteriorating
steadily since he's retreat from Moscow last year.
Throughout 1813 a number major European states have joined the
coalition against him. As first Austria and then Prussia turn their
allegiance against France.
The French , licking their wounds after Russia, once more rallied
around Napoleon, as he once more took the field to re-establish
he's control in Germany. Winning two hard fought, tactical
victories at Lutzen and Bautzen in May 1813.
These victories led tp a temporary armistice, as the Russian's
and their allies determined their next move and devised a new
strategy called the Trachenberg plan where the allies would
isolate and engage Napoleon's French Marshal's and General's.
Defeating these French forces in detail andweakening Napoleon's
position in Germany before engaging him in one final battle
with overwhelmingly superior forces.

This is what occurred at the Battle of Leipzig, as the Allied troops
numbering 380.000 troops bore down on Napoleon's army of
225,000 troops headquartered in Leipzig, the capital of he's
German ally, Saxony.

Despite being outnumbered, Napoleon planned to take the
offensive. as Leipzig offered several advantages for a resourceful
commander. The rivers that converged their, split the
surrounding area into many different sectors. Holding Leipzig
and it's bridges,
Napoleon could shift troops from one sector to the other, far
more rapidly than the allies, who would have difficulty
controlling such a large number of troops in a cohesive battle.

The Northern front was defended by Marshal Ney and Marmont
and the Eastern front by MacDonald. Artillery reserve and parks,
ambulances and baggage train stood near Leipzig.
The bridges on the Pleisse and Elster rivers were defended by
infantry supported by cannon. The main battery stood in
reserve and commanded the heights overlooking Leipzig.
The western flank of the French positions at Wachau and
Liebertwolkwitz wa defended by Poniatowski and Augereau,
with he's French conscripts.

In fact a large proportion of the French troops that faced
the Allies at Leipzig were composed of conscripted troops
posted to Germany as a Reserve force during the French
invasion of Russia; where Napoleon lost many of he's
experienced veteran troops as a result of the retreat
from Russia.
Therefore the troops that took their positions around the
battlefield of Leipzig were not the veterans that won so
many notable victories for Napoleon back in 1805, 1806
and 1807.

The Allied troops that faced Napoleon were composed of
four armies, the Austrain army of Bohemia under Karl von
Schwartzenberg, the Prussian army of Silesia under General
von Blucher, the Russian Army under Benningsen and the
Swedish army under their Crown Prince Bernadotte.
The Swedes also included amoungst their number a
contingent of British troops of the Royal Horse Artillery,
armed with Congreve rockets.

Day 1 of the Battle of Leipzig, October 1813

Due to the disparate forces involved with each of the Allied
commanders wanting to attack the French. their own way.
On the first day of the battle, the Allied commander,
Schwartzenberg drafted a plan where each of the allied forces
attacked the French at three points of the compass round
the outskirts of Leipzig but with the main attack led by the
Russian II Corps supported by the Prussian 9th Brigade
attacking Wachau and Liebertwolkwitz, to the south east
of Leipzig.

MDR at the Battle of Leipzig - Commemorative Events site

MDR Battle of Leipzig website


East German TV News channel MDR - reports latest news on
the battle in 24 hr news


As part of the bicentennial battle commemorations, East
German TV news channel MDR based in Leipzig, are reporting
the latest developments in the 3 day, Battle of Leipzig on
their 24 hour news channel.

Day one of the Battle of Leipzig - MDR News report

TV News channel MDR reports heavy fighting around Leipzig at
Mockern,and Wachau as Russian and Prussian troops attack
Napoleon's positions.

Good start to the MDR 24 Hour news report, focusing on
Day 1 of the Battle of Leipzig.
Report takes a look at a Saxon field surgoen, at work in
Wachau, as casualties are brought in from the battlefield
for treatment.

General report on the background events of the Napoleonic
Wars, leading up to the Battle of Leipzig,
A German field reporters tour of the French encampments
in and around Leipzig.

The state of refugees dislocated from their villages and
sheltering round Leipzig.

A news conference with Napoleon's Press Attache to the
Grande Armee. ( Don't laugh :D :P )

Comments from experts on the progress of the Battle in
the MDR studio.

MDR Battle of Leipzig TV News report - can enlarge video screen


Day two of the Battle of Leipzig - MDR News report

MDR News at 7pm - Latest from Leipzig

Today's MDR 24 Hour news report, focuses on Day 2 of the Battle of
Leipzig as the bitter fighting continues with Allied troops tightening
the French lines into a wedge, North West and South East of Leipzig.

With darkness descending on the battlefield MDR camaras follow
a group of campfollowers, as they make their way amongst dead,
plundering the corpses for clothes, boots, shoes and any
valuables that they can scavenge from the battlefield.

MDR reporters also visits a Russian encampment to check the
moral of the Allies, as the battle enters it's second day.

News bulletin also includes reports from their Correspondents
in Paris & Moscow with more background on the historical
events that led up to the Battle of Leipzig.

Day 2 of the MDR News bulletin from Leipzig

Day three of the Battle of Leipzig - MDR News report

On day three of the Battle of Leipzig, things are looking grim for
Napoleon and the Grand Armee, as the Allied noose tightens
around the Saxon city of Leipzig.
Once more MDR reporters have been reconnoitering the
battlefield in this brief summary of the battle on the 7pm News
with an in depth report expected later this evening.

MDR News at 7pm - Latest from Leipzig

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Day three of the Battle of Leipzig

Day three of the battle sees Allied forces of the Coalition launch
a huge assault from all sides. which was to carry on for over nine
hours, well into the evening.
Here the Allies hoped to deliver the hammer blow that would
send the French and their Saxon allies, reeling back into Leipzig
but the bravery of the French troops prevented a breakthrough.
Here the Swedish Crown Prince finally committed he's troops
to the battle, approaching from the north west, on what the
allies hoped would be a weakened sector of the French
defence line round Leipzig but the Swedish advance
proved slow.

Therefore most of the Allied assault fell on the villages of
Paunsdorf and Schonefeld with the fighting being particularly
fierce for the village of Paunsdorf where the French repulsed
a number of determined assaults with the fighting see sawing
for much of the day. It was only after a number of repeated
and determined assaults by Prussian and Russian troops
that first Schonefeld and finally Paunsdorf, fell to the allies.

News report following one of Napoleon's artillery crew enroute to Leipzig

The British at Leipzig

It?s at Paunsdorf that the only British unit to serve with the
Allies at Leipzig scored their greatest success. This being the
2nd Rocket Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery,
sent to Germany to serve alongside the Swedish Army.
Attached to the bodyguard of the Prince of Sweden, they
were sent forward to help with the attack on the village of
Paunsdorf. Escorted by Swedish dragoons, they advanced
to attack five Saxon battalions defending the village,
Here the British Rocketeers opened a deadly fire upon the
packed formations of the Saxon batallions, as they approached,
splitting the formations asunder by the cacophony of noise
and explosions.
During the confusion the British Commander ordered the
squadron of dragoons to charge with over 2000 Saxon's
surrendered as a result. Although the Britsih officer was killed
during the charge, the 2nd Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery
was awarded the battle honour of Leipzig on their banner,
until they were disbanded in the early 20th century.

Nevertheless the Royal Artillery still drink a toast to the King
of Sweden on the anniversary of the battle and receive a
congratulatory address from him.

Daily Telegraph - How Britain helped to defeat Napoleon at Leipzig

Day 3 of the 24 hr news style TV bulletin from MDR

Once more MDR reporters are on the scene,as the battle
of Leipzig enters its third day. With Allied forces of the
Coalition launching an all out assault from all sides -
in what would be the bloodiest part of the battle, lasting
over nine hours and continuing well into the evening.

Highlights:
MDR embedded reporters give their own account of the battle
at Paunsdorf and Schonefeld.

An interview with Napoleon's wife. Marie Louise of Austria.

The first of many frustrating attempts to gain an audience
with the Emperor Napoleon only to see tantalising glimpses
of he's famous hat - through the Hotel window, as he
checks in for the night.

An account on the economic impact of the War in terms
of trade and the farming community.

More French, Austrian and Russian encampment scenes,
including our first fleeting glimpse of the Swedes marching
alongside the Prussians.

With last but by no means least ( 23 minutes into the bulletin )
MDR joins the 2nd Rocket Troop of the British RHA, as they
prepare to open fire in the battle. Hooray !!

MDR Battle of Leipzig, Day three 26hr news report


Day 4 of the 24 hr news style TV bulletin from MDR

This is more of an After the Battle bulletin, going into the Aftermath
of events following the Battle of the Nations in Leipzig.
Includes scenes of devastation and looting.

A very wordy report and therefore of minor interest unless you
know German.

MDR Battle of Leipzig, Day four 26hr news report


The Massed Band of the French Grande Armee in concert at Leipzig

Band of the French Grande Armee on Video

Preparations for the Battle Re-Enactment on Sunday

MDR will be reporting Live from the Re-enactment of the Battle of the
Nations in Leipzig on Sunday beginning at 15:30 CET Time.
For those wanting to see this broadcast outside Germany, it will
no doubt be better to wait until the Video version appears on
the MDR website soon afterwards.

MDR reports from the Polish Napoleonic encampment in Leipzig

TV News reporters check out one of Napoleon's allies, the Poles
as they set up their camp ready for this weekends events.

Report from the Polish encampment in Leipzig

Saturday 19th October MDR camara's go behind the scenes at
the Living history workshops and encampments in and around
Leipzig. as more re-enactors arrive for tomorrows battle.


MDR Report on battle preparations and Living History displays

A tour of the Multinational Napoleonic Emcampment at Leipzig

Yes - you guessed it the British are their - as you will find a British
Highland Regiment performing drill practice along with their
colleagues, the Rocket Troop of the Royal Artillery.

Video of the Multinational encampment

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The Battle of the Nations ( Leipzig ) refought

After the 24 hour news bulletins of the Battle last week. MDR had
a tough act to follow but their coverage of the battle re-enactment
is nothing short of supurb - helped no doubt by the cast of thousands, provided by the various Napoleonic re-enactment societies and associations across Europe,
to make this a truly multinational force that takes the field at Leipzig.

MDR Coverage of the Battle of Leipzig, refought - 90 minutes

Best quote from the MDR video is - It's Tea time fur die englische
Rocket Truppe :D :D :D 8)

A classic that can be heard 14:40 secs into the video. Also
between 11:20 and 12:00 you can see the English Rocket
Troop in action.

BBC News Europe - In Leipzig Napoleonic battle refought

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