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I make no apologies for my liking of anniversaries, and today I am thinking of the 205th anniversary of the battles of Ligny and Quatre Bras. Terrible though these battles were, and a pre-cursor to the still more terrible battle on the 18th June, these were the climax of the 'Hundred Days' and the fall of Napoleon I. June 16th-18th 1815: A truly significant year, month and three days in the history of Europe.
Agreed; I think it fitting we should take a moment to reflect and consider the courage and sacrifice of so many - on both sides - whose actions did so much to shape the world in which we live today.
Absolutely. It was the end of an era, and those few days proved quite the climax.
Napoleon entered with a bang, and he sure went out with one too.
If you are a student of battles and famous personalities, you might enjoy the movie "Waterloo" (1970). On YouTube, I came across a series of movie reviews called "History Buffs". This accuracy review in 26 minutes gives some fun facts, such as it was shot entirely in the Ukraine and utilized 16,000 actual Russian soldiers as extras, giving the movie incredibly exciting drama and actual military discipline to the details. This is relevant because it was one of the last non-CGI era movie epochs. I really enjoyed it and this gave me all the more reason to watch my full-length DVD again. Link:
If you like "History Buffs: Waterloo", then watch also "History Buffs: Zulu" (1964). I enjoyed it, too. Link:
Your Ligny game looks quite fantastic Donald. Thanks for sharing the link.
It's a testament to the value of 1/72 figures for wargames 'in the grand manner'; bigger than 15mm, so you can actually see individual figures as well as units. But a bit smaller (and less expensive) than 28mm.
Great battlefield landscape and scenery as well. This one must have taken months in the planning, surely?
Up till this year (sigh), we've put on a mega game on at our local Train & Hobby show for the past 12 years. Bronze Age, Punics, Waterloo, SYW, ECW AZW etc. Something new, every year.
It's the focus of our group's yearly activities & although we do other things, game other periods, it is, indeed, the yearly focus.
Thanks for the kind comments.
Well, 2020 might be written off but there is always 2021 to look forward to.
Where does your Train and Hobby Show reside? I might just turn up next year! It will be, for instance, the 263rd (I think) anniversary of Leuthen (5 December 1757). Your new Austrians could have a 'public' outing, and this time they might just be on the winning side...just if they can move fast enough to block the Prussian oblique attack. And if they have not already done so, Strelets might be suitably inspired by this to produce some SYW cavalry (VIP ticket included)….you never know.
your Ligny-Battlefield is really great... !
I am totally surprised that the Battle of Ligny is being depicted in Australia.
Here in Europe, the Battle of Ligny, which the Prussians fought without any hope of British support, is almost forgotten. Maybe because it wasn't a "glorious victory"... But the Prussians stopped Napoleon's advance there, forced him to battle and inflicted heavy losses on him. Without Ligny, there would have been no victory at Waterloo.
That's why I'm really excited about your Ligny game and the great details of the landscape.