The Surgeon’s Blade: Transport of wounded or sick soldiers in the Peninsula

July 28, 2017 - Richard Moss

Mick Crumplin continues his medical blog by looking at Transport of wounded or sick soldiers in the Peninsula Wars Transport for supplies, casualties and sick, ammunition and equipment was a massive challenge for Arthur Wellesley in the Peninsular campaigns (1808-14). He was starting a series of movements to defend his boundaries, plan for evacuation if […]

Waterloo Messenger, The Life of Henry Percy

July 24, 2017 - The Chairman

Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter reviews WATERLOO MESSENGER, The Life of Henry Percy by William Mahon, Published by Pen and Sword This small volume is something of a gem penetrating a very small part of the Waterloo story. Henry Percy, a scion of the Northumberland Family, was the man who brought the dramatic news of Waterloo to […]

Wellington Looks On

July 20, 2017 - The Chairman

Passing by Aldershot the other day I espied the famous statue of Wellington, which once upon a time sat on top of the Wellington Arch when it was aligned with Decimus Burton’s famous screen. I am always amused by the cartoon by John Leech which depicts the statue being moved down Edgeware Road on its way […]

Napoleon to Joséphine

July 8, 2017 - The Chairman

In a recent Country Life an article covered the love letters of famous men.  One of the letters was a letter from Bonaparte to Joséphine, the future Empress. It reads: “I do not love thee anymore; on the contrary I detest thee.  Thou art horrid, very awkward, very stupid, a very Cinderella.  Thou dost not […]

The Fields of Death by Simon Scarrow

July 8, 2017 - The Chairman

I was recently given a copy of a novel about Waterloo. I don’t normally read novels but this of course was different.  A novel about Wellington and Napoleon on that great day perhaps?  But No! It was a fairly straightforward interpretation of Napoleon’s and the Iron Duke’s campaigns from Spain to Waterloo. I am pretty […]

A new Waterloo film drama takes shape

May 26, 2017 - Richard Moss

A new film drama is being developed by filmmaker Blake Sporne that takes The Battle of Waterloo as the backdrop to a story that explores friendship, loyalty and family ties in times of extreme peril. ​ Developed with screenplay writer Ross Owen Williams, Producer Sporne has made a sumptuously filmed proof of concept for the new film, called […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: The field tourniquet

May 12, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

The Tourniquet (any instrument or device for temporarily constricting an artery of the arm or leg to control bleeding – the word is derived from 17th C. French – a device that operates by turning, from tourner, to turn) Since around 75% of injured survivors have traditionally been wounded in the limbs, it would seem […]

A lost Waterloo colour?

May 7, 2017 - The Chairman

Last week another interesting cutting in the Times.  This time on a Regimental colour from… allegedly Waterloo.  It says the colour was found in bits and when cleverly re assembled, there and behold was a colour of the Coldstream Guards.  However on examination of the photo in the paper I spotted a “Sphinx”.  This to […]

Marengo’s hooves …again!

May 1, 2017 - The Chairman

There has today been an interesting article about Marengo’s hooves  in the Times.  I mentioned recently the interesting moment when these two hooves were re-united.  I show the article, which you can properly read on The Times website. As you will know we already have both  hooves on our website at and the other at  One can […]

Napoleonic miniatures on show

April 21, 2017 - The Chairman

These two miniatures are part of the Portland Collection, originally at Welbeck Abbey,  being exhibited The Harley Gallery on the Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire  until 30 September 2017.  Miniatures were very fashionable in those days and the likeness of Napoleon matches other miniatures of the time. The miniature of Empress Josephine is interesting and of course […]