The Surgeon’s Blade: Limbless but Lucky

March 27, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

Three out of four surviving casualties in the French wars were hit on one or more of their limbs. Most were injured by small arms fire. Amputation of arm or leg would lead to a pension or sometimes, a miserable pauper’s life or even become a ‘badge of honour’ for the veteran. Lieutenant Colonel Henry […]

The Prince Imperial’s sword

March 24, 2017 - The Chairman

I recently mentioned the sword worn by the Prince Imperial when he was killed by Zulus whilst serving as British Officer in 1879. I wondered where it was and as the legend was that it was Napoleon’s sword that he had worn at Austerlitz it was relevant to this site. The truth is sadly more […]

Wellington’s Men Remembered

March 19, 2017 - The Chairman

On Thursday the Waterloo Association had its AGM and it was enhanced by a most interesting talk on the strategy, rather than the tactics, of the Waterloo campaign. Readers of this blog should look out for the publication of John Hussey’s magnum opus on Waterloo which goes into the minutest detail of the campaign and […]


March 12, 2017 - The Chairman

Maybe reenactors and their activities are not your style and Serjeant Gibson is sceptical.  However I have just come across a very good bit of film on reenactment of Waterloo where most of the talking is by our own resident surgeon, Mick Crumplin. I really recommend you look at the clip here It’s Mick at […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: Mick Crumplin’s new Medical Blog

March 10, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

Mick Crumplin introduces his new medical blog for Waterloo 200 How many military historians properly understand the real sinews of war? The human aspects of conflict are some of the most fascinating, appalling and amazing in terms of what redcoats and matelots had to go through and sometimes would survive beyond all expectations. On the […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: Wellington’s Scottish Doctors

March 10, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

Many well-known doctors in the British armed services have for centuries come from Scotland. In the eighteenth century, the excellent parish school system educated many young men, who then took advantage of the generous post school educational opportunities north of the border. One such was Sir James McGrigor from Aberdeen, who worked closely with Wellington […]

Russia against Napoleon by Dominic Lieven

March 6, 2017 - The Chairman

Published by Allen Lane and Penguin Books ISBN: 978-0-141-98460-5 This book was put in my Christmas stocking by my wife and she seldom selects books on Military History as he is fed up with books everywhere in this house. I recently finished the book and I must say I have seldom found a book so […]

Age of Revolution – Haiti

March 5, 2017 - The Chairman

When we decided on the phrase “Age of Revolution” for the overall theme of Waterloo 200 going forward we included the period from the American Revolution ie 1775.  However on viewing the material this now brings into play I was startled to see the Haitian Revolution of 1791 to 1804 is to be included. I […]

Sleep with history at Hougoumont

March 1, 2017 - The Chairman

Recently I and my wife took the widow of Brigadier Professor Richard Holmes to stay a few nights in the Farm at Hougoumont.  Serjeant Gibson came along too to protect us from the ghosts. He, Richard not Serjeant Gibson, had been a prime mover in the saving of this important site. Until he turned his energy […]

Blücher’s Elephant

February 27, 2017 - The Chairman

The remarkable Blücher was the major influence in the successful 1814 campaign in which eventually the Allies occupied Paris but he did have problems. At one stage after the 1806-7 defeat of Prussia by Napoleon he suffered a breakdown, a side effect of which was to have hallucinations about giving birth to an elephant! In […]