June 17, 2017 by wargamerchris
A bit of a diversion from my normal topics, as an amateur military historian and officer, I was pretty pleased to be booked into a hotel by my client in a very small town in Belgium. ‘Sorry‘they said, ‘we can’t get you a hotel in Charleroi, we had to go all the way to Waterloo to put you up.’
My hotel, as it turned out, was where Wellington’s tree was, on the ridge, in the middle of perhaps one of the greatest, well studied battlefields in Europe. I was given the D’Erlon Suite… Good times. So, having a day before my meetings, I took a right out of the door, looked left at La Haye Sainte and walked down to the museum. I had more time, walked the road behind the ridge to Hougoumont and spent a fair amount of time there, by myself. What a great opportunity. I wanted to share photos for those of you who haven’t been there in person.
Its Waterloo weekend, and for the past two years we’ve run memorial games and we plan a small Black Powder Napoleonic game based on La Haye Sainte tomorrow night.
I hope you will find some inspiration in the place, or if you’ve been, remember from the photos.