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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 12:29 am 
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For those of you who have been waiting patiently for Linhas de
Wellington to appear online.
Here's the Full version, split into 3 episodes ( in Portuguese )
as shown on RTP.

Linhas de Wellington ( also As Linhas de Torres ) can be found
on the Portuguese TV Channel website - RTP below.
Episodes 2 and 3 can be clicked on the same web page.

Linhas de Wellington, Episode One on RTP

Sharpes War - A recap of how it all began for the British Army on the Spanish Peninsular in 1808

Includes a introduction by the author of the Sharpe books - Bernard Cornwell.

Sharpes War - part One - video

The first in the field and the last from the Taverna.

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 11:59 am 
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Napoleon at Bay - he's campaign in France, February to
March 1814

After engulfing Europe in a long series of campaigns ( re-enacted )
across mainland Europe, including Portugal.
The Emperor of the French, Napoleon Bonaparte now finds he's
country on the verge of destruction. With the Northern Allies of
Russia, Austria and Prussia comprising half a million troops crossing
the Rhine to invade France from the North - East and Wellington's
forces invading Southern France from Spain.
Napoleon takes personal command of he's troops to engage in a
series of protracted battles against the Northern Allies in what
would become known as the Six Day campaign.

Napoleon's 1814 Campaign in English

Napoleon at Bay he's campaign in France - itinerary of events

The Battle of Montmirail, series of commemorative events in France, May 2014

Despite the long and arduous campaign, Napoleon still finds time
to hold a Grand Ball in Montmirail about 65kms south west of Reims.
Nevertheless he's staff officers are busy preparing the map for
what could be the last and most decisive battle of the 1814
campaign on the 31st May.

Video of The Emperors Ball at Montmirail

Napoleon visits he's troops encamped around the Chataeux

French journalists visit the French camp as the Emperor Napoleon
reviews he's troops for the upcoming battles.

Video of the Napoleonic encampment

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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 12:45 am 
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Napoleon at Bay - the battle for France

Following the Battle of the Nations at Leipzig, Napoleon had been
forced to withdraw his battered army back across the Rhine thus abandoning
any hope of retaining control of Germany. Now, with members of the Coalition
amassing their forces on the Rhine, poised to invade the last stronghold
of his Empire, France itself. Napoleon took stock of his situation and was
not found wanting.

There were many both within and without France, who said that the writing
was on the wall, but they had not reckoned on the formidable will of
Napoleon, who ever the supreme optimist, was determined that he would
not be subdued without a fight. With the bulk of his experienced troops either
tied up fighting the Duke of Wellington in the campaign in southern France
or else locked up in garrisons within Germany, the Netherlands and the
border fortresses of France.
Napoleon was only able to scrape together some 80,000 hastily trained
conscripts, which were christened 'the Marie Louises' to oppose the
onslaught of the more than 350,000 seasoned troops that members of
the Coalition could field.

Napoleon's Garrison at Fort L'Ecluse

One such garrison is the Fort at L'Ecluse, situated in Eastern France - it
commands the Rhone Valley and is a natural entry point into France from
Here French troops have been valiantly holding back repeated attacks
by Austrian troops under the command of Prince Shwarzenburg who
flagrantly disregards Swiss neutrality by marching he's Army of Bohemia
into France across the Rhine and the Rhone via Switzerland.

Video of French troops defending Fort L'Ecluse, 1814

Despite the overwhelming numbers of the Coalition armies, Napoleon
appeared undaunted and was hopeful that the latest round of conscription
would swell the ranks of he's armies once more but the levy wouldn't
produce the same quality of battle hardened professional soldiers that
Napoleon could field in the past.

Nevertheless during the months of January to late March, Napoleon executed
a series of manoeuvres and fought a series of battles which demonstrated
his genius for warfare at the highest level as both a strategist and a tactician.
Fighting against the overwhelming odds of two hostile armies converging
on Paris, Napoleon moved with lightning speed, parrying and throwing back
one adversary before lunging to the next.
Despite his brilliance, he lacked the manpower to deliver a decisive blow and
although his enemies were shaken and severely mauled, they were able to
recover and to eventually unite with their superior strength before Paris and
bring the war to its conclusion.

Napoleon's troops passing through Montereau

Video of Napoleon's men marching through Montereau

French documentary - Napoleon's last campaign in France

French TV Channel 3 - explores the circumstances leading up to
Napoleon's campaign in France and the challenges that faced the
Emperor as the Northern Allies closed in on the French capital Paris.
Documentary includes a number of battles being refought this year.

TV3 video - Napoleon's campaign in Northern France 1814

War and Fashion in 1814 - Interesting video of 1st Empire France

War and Fashionable Society in France

The Battle of Craonne, March 1814

Russian and Prussian troops commanded by General Blucher are beaten
off by the French commanded by Marshal Ney.

Battle of Craonne, March 1814 refought

Battle of Orthez, in southern France, February 1814

French troops under Marshal Soult are seen fighting off an attack by Portuguese
infantry as Wellington attacks French positions at Orthez. Soult under pressure
from a numerically superior Anglo Portuguese army, was forced to retreat to
Toulouse, leaving only the garrison at the Fortress city of Bayonne, defiant in
Wellington's rear.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:02 am 
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Once more British troops commanded by Wellington, battle it
out with the French on the streets of Vitoria in the Basque
country this weekend.

Cannons roar in Vitoria this weekend

The Napoleonic Wars return to Vitoria - event program

TV news bulletin of the French encampment at Vitoria

Battle of Vitoria - the British & Portuguese attack on the French Stronghold, video part1

Battle of Vitoria - the British & Portuguese attack on the French Stronghold, video part2

Battle of Vitoria - the British & Portuguese attack on the French Stronghold, video part3

Battle of Vitoria - the British & Portuguese attack on the French Stronghold, video part4

A tour of the the French, Polish, British, Spanish and Portuguese encampment at Vitoria

Spanish TV news bulletin of the Battle of Vitoria

The first in the field and the last from the Taverna.

PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:43 am 
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The road to Waterloo - Napoleon escapes from Elba and resumes power in France

As no doubt many expats know from the news, Napoleon has
once again escaped from the island of Elba and restored to power in
France, much to the consternation ( or amusement of British
living in France )
Once more cries of 'Vive L'Empereur' can be heard along the Cote de
Azur and Alpine regions of France, as Napoleons little army of 600 men,
move cautiously through south east France. Trying to avoid any direct
confrontation with those French troops loyal to the newly restored
monarchy of King Loius - following Napoleon's abdication and exile
in 1814.
As it winds it's way towards Paris, gathering many of Napoleon's
former soldiers and well wishers along the way.
Naturally several European newspapers and news channels have been
following Napoleon's progress, since he's escape from Elba and although
British Expats need have no worries by the fact that, Britain's sworn
enemy is free 'on the loose' and prepared to wage war against Britain
and her allies again.

Spare a thought for the plight of one British Expat - 200 years ago

I would ask you all to spare a thought for the fickle fortunes of one
Major Richard Sharpe ( British Army Retd. ) who no doubt has the
distinction - of being the first significant British Expat to chance he's
arm, of a new life in rural France - following ( what he hoped ) was
the end of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Living and
working on the farm of he's French lover Lucille Castineau, in Normandy.
He now finds himself in the unenviable position of having to break
he's promise to Lucille, never to fight again !!
What will Sharpe do ?

Napoleon Escapes and once more Sharpe takes up arms against Napoleon - video

Yes - it's a tough question to answer and no doubt many British Expats
will be scratching their heads, as once more Napoleon embarks on he's
100 days reign, that will no doubt lead to he's downfall.

To recap over events since Napoleon's abdication in 1814

Napoleon lands in Elba to start he's exile in 1814

Napoleon Escapes in March 1815

On 26 February 1815, when British and French guard ships were absent,
he slipped away from Elba with 600 men - to land at Golfe-Juan near Antibes
on the 1st March 1815. Except in royalist Provence, he was warmly
received. He avoids much of Provence by taking a route through
the Alps, marked today by the (present day ) Route Napoleon.

Napoleon embarks for France

Video of Napoleon's returns to France

Napoleon's landing at Golfe-Juan and he's progress along the Route
Napoleon in France, from various news reports

Napoleon's landing on the Cote de Azur

Napoleon's troops make steady progress as they march through South
East France along the route Napoleon.

Napoleon's troops are welcomed in Southern France

Another French town falls to Napoleon

Napoleon's progress through France takes he's men through the
Alpine region of France.

Napoleon's troops trek through the Alps

The French Royalist government prove indecisive against Napoleon

Napoleon's landing on the Cote de Azur took French authorities by
surprise. It took four day's for the news to reach Paris. The irresolution
& indecisiveness of the local authorities gave Napoleon time to act
without interference. The population, on whose reaction everything
depended, reacted with calm and resignation.

On March 7, 1815 the Napoleon's small column met the 5th Regiment
of the Line, not far from Grenoble. Napoleon stepped forward and faced
the muskets alone. With a remarkable mixture of exaggerations and
lies and by using his charisma and personal power over soldiers, hemanaged to persuade the Regiment. With the cry: "Vive L'Empereur"
the 5th changed sides as one man. The gates of Grenoble opened
and the Emperor received a warm welcome.

Video of French troops changing sides at Laffrey

On March 8, the 7th Regiment of the Line and its commander, Napoleon's
future Aide de Camps: Colonel Charles Huchet, Count de la Bedoyere,
changed sides too.

At every stop on the way to Paris Napoleon addressed the people. He
promised everybody exactly what they wanted to have being the opportunist that he was. Peasants he assured that they would not lose their lands to the migrants, city people he seduced with promises of
fiscal reforms. Everywhere he went he promised peace and prosperity.

In the mean time the Bourbons issued a warrant for his arrest. They
send increasing numbers of troops to intercept him. Marshal Ney
promised Louis XVIII he would bring Napoleon to Paris "in an iron cage".
When he met his former master eye to eye on March 18, 1815 the attraction proved to be too great and he defected also together
with the 6.000 men under he's command.

In Paris, a practical joker had put up a message on the Place Vendeme.
It read: "From Napoleon to Louis XVIII: my dear brother, it is not necessary to send me more troops, I already have enough of them!"

Meanwhile, the mob became very restless. Revolutionary song's and slogans began to reappear.
On March 19, 1815 Louis XVIII took the safest way out. Pressured by Napoleon's unstoppable march on Paris and the growing anti-royalist
mood in Paris; he rode ( in he's carriage ) in the middle of the night to Gent, Belgium (then still the Netherlands). Here he started a voluntary
exile that would last more than a hundred days.
The Emperor is back in France

Napoleon made his great entrance at the Tuilleries palace in Paris on March 20, 1815.

Napoleon knew that war was inevitable but he did not proclaim a
general mobilisation just yet. It would only be a matter of time before
his former enemies would turn o him but he desperately needed to get the French public opinion behind him, so he pleaded for peace.
He had hoped that at least some of the Powers would accept the fact
that he was once again in charge in France, but that didn't happen.

The representatives of the Powers met in Vienna on March 13, seven
day's before the Emperor reached Paris. They declared him an outlaw
and an enemy of world peace.
They pledged to assemble armies to take care of him for once and for

On March 25, the Seventh Coalition was formed with the signing of
a formal defence treaty between Britain, Austria, Prussia and Russia. While Britain and Prussia already had troops in the field, the other nations were busy preparing themselves.
All Powers broke of their official relations with Napoleon's France.

In France Napoleon's position was a very weak one. He had to make
lots of compromises to maintain himself. He nominated several
members of the old nobility and even people that betrayed him in
1814 in high positions to get their much needed support.

Napoleon prepares for war

With all the European powers breaking off diplomatic relations and
preparing for war, Napoleon dropped all attempts at a negotiated
peace and started mobilising for war.
On the April 8, he ordered a general mobilisation but hesitated to
reinstall the conscription; Louis XVIII had abolished this hated system
when he came in power and Napoleon was reluctant to reintroduce it.

There were big shortages on every possible kind of military equipment
but with a lot of tremendous efforts most of them were, to some extend,
resolved. The biggest problem however was the shortage of soldiers.
The Royal Army that Napoleon inherited after Louis XVIII fled for
Gent was about 200,000 troops strong. Some 75,000 former soldiers
and some 15,000 new volunteers responded to their Emperor's call
to arms. Police, Customs and Navy units changed into infantry and
artillery regiments. Veterans and the battalions of the National Guard
"Gardes Nationaux" entered active service.
With these units an auxiliary army of some 220,000 men was formed,
an army that provided the garrisons for the fortresses and camps.

The first in the field and the last from the Taverna.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:03 am 
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The Waterloo campaign begins

The war between France and her European neighbours became
inevitable when the Great Powers refused to recognise Napoleon
as Emperor of the French; following he's return from exile.
Rather than wait for the Coalition to invade France, Napoleon
decided to attack his enemies, hoping to defeat them in detail -
before they could launch their combined and coordinated invasion.
He chose to launch his first attack against the two Coalition
armies strung out in modern day Belgium, then part of the

Hostilities started on the 15th June when the French drove in
the Prussian outposts and crossed the River Sombre at Charleroi -
placing their forces at the juncture between the two armies
of Wellington's Anglo-Dutch Army (to the west) and Blucher's
Prussian Army to the east.

The Duchess of Richmond's Ball re-enacted - video

Video of Scottish Highland Sword dance - Duchess of Richmond's
Ball, Brussels 2015

Wellington and his Allies are taken completely by surprise - at the Duchess of Richmond's Ball

Wellington and he's entourage were taken completely by surprise by
Napoleon's strike towards Charleroi, as the night of the 15th June,
saw them entertaining guests at the Duchess of Richmond's Ball.

On the evening of the 15th June 1815 the Duchess of Richmond
held a ball in honour of the Duke of Wellington. The ball was
attended by over six hundred guests the majority of whom were
the princes, generals and officers of Wellington's army who had
gathered in Brussels to confront the advancing armies of Napoleon.
It was at this sumptuous ball that Wellington, looking at a map,
pointed his finger at a village called Waterloo and said
'Gentlemen we will face Napoleon there'

The Duchess of Richmond's Ball from the film Waterloo

The Duchess of Richmond's Ball re-enacted in Northern Ireland

That all important ticket to tonight's ball - re-enacted in Belgium


The significance of the Duchess of Richmond's Ball explained

Guests arriving at the Duchess of Richmond's Ball



The Party is in full swing at the Ball



A Prussian Officer arrives with important dispatches for the Duke

A Prussian officer informs the Duke of Wellington - attending the
Duchess of Richmond's ball - that the French have crossed the border
at Charleroi and that the Prussians would concentrate their army
at Ligny.


The first in the field and the last from the Taverna.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:33 am 
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BBC Breaking news - The Prussians get a bloody nose at Ligny

Early reports say Napoleon has trounced the Prussian's at Ligny. Further details to follow . . . . .

BBC News - report an early victory for Napoleon at Ligny

Also coming up on BBC2 - The Scots at Waterloo

Coming soon to BBC2 - The Scots at Waterloo - to be broadcast on
BBC 2, Scotland at 9pm on Tuesday 16th June.

The Scots at Waterloo - trailer

The BBC guides to the Battle of Waterloo commemorations and re-enactments

What a performance - Waterloo re-enacted

BBC History - Waterloo - the day that decided Europe's fate

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:22 am 
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After the Party reports - on the Duchess of Richmond's Ball

The latest from Brussels say that the Duchess of Richmond's ball was
a big success with many guests from Brussels, British community
joined by a myriad of special guests from Belgium's diplomatic
corps and high society.

No doubt all the Gossip and scandal will follow in due course. 8)

News report from last nights, Duchess of Richmond's ball

Could there be as much action off the battlefield - as there is on it ?
We will see . . . .


Here's all the Gossip from last weekends - Duchess of Richmond's Ball
in Belgium

Eileen Dreyer's Blog on the Duchess of Richmond's Ball

The Musings of a Montreal Madame at the Duchess of Richmond's Ball

The first in the field and the last from the Taverna.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:47 am 
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Euronews report on the Battle of Ligny

The Battle of Ligny,16th June 1815 - reconstructed on Sunday 14th June 2015


The Battle of Ligny (16 June 1815) was the last victory of the
military career of Napoleon. In this battle, French troops of
the Armee du Nord under Napoleon's command, defeated
a Prussian army under Field Marshal Blucher near Ligny in
present day Belgium.

The bulk of the Prussian army survived, however, and went on to
play a pivotal role two days later, at the Battle of Waterloo,
reinforced by a fourth Prussian corps that was stationed at Liege.
In contrast to Blucher's forces, the left wing of Napoleon's army did
not become engaged in the battle.

In history - The Battle of Ligny is a prime example of a tactical win
and a strategic loss. However, had the right wing of Napoleon's
army succeeded in keeping the Prussian army from joining
the British Army under Wellington at Waterloo, as the Emperor
had planned, Napoleon might have won the Waterloo Campaign.

Daily Telegraph - The Battle of Ligny in pictures

Belgium TV set the scene for Napoleon's victory over the Prussians at Ligny

BBC News reports on Napoleon's victory over the Prussians at Ligny

Focus on Europe - meets some of the combatants at Ligny

Battle of Ligny - Charge of the French cavalry

Sean Bean ( alias Richard Sharpe ) on Waterloo - The History Channel

Video of the Battle of Ligny - refought

The first in the field and the last from the Taverna.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:48 pm 
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Thanks as always for the updates, looking forward to seeing the Sean Bean show on History,

18th June for those in Portugal on the History channel.


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