RCA German Branch – Waterloo Dinner – 23.06.2012
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RCA 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards
Battle of Waterloo – 18th June 1815
The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday 18 June 1815 near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. An Imperial French army under the command of Emperor Napoleon was defeated by combined armies of the Seventh Coalition, an Anglo-Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington combined with a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard von Blücher. It was the culminating battle of the Waterloo Campaign and Napoleon’s last. The defeat at Waterloo put an end to Napoleon’s rule as Emperor of the French and marked the end of his Hundred Days’ return from exile.
Upon Napoleon’s return to power in 1815, many states that had opposed him formed the Seventh Coalition and began to mobilize armies. Two large forces under Wellington and von Blücher assembled close to the north-eastern border of France. Napoleon chose to attack in the hope of destroying them before they could join in a coordinated invasion of France with other members of the Coalition. The decisive engagement of this three-day Waterloo Campaign (16–19 June 1815) occurred at the Battle of Waterloo. According to Wellington, the battle was “the nearest-run thing you ever saw in your life.”
Napoleon delayed giving battle until noon on 18 June to allow the ground to dry. Wellington’s army, positioned across the Brussels road on the Mont-Saint-Jean escarpment, withstood repeated attacks by the French, until, in the evening, the Prussians arrived in force and broke through Napoleon’s right flank. At that moment, Wellington’s Anglo-allied army counter-attacked and drove the French army in disorder from the field. Pursuing Coalition forces entered France and restored Louis XVIII to the French throne. Napoleon abdicated, surrendered to the British, and was exiled to Saint Helena, where he died in 1821.
After the battle Wellington said,
“Our officers of cavalry have acquired a trick of galloping at everything. They never consider the situation, never think of manoeuvring before an enemy, and never keep back or provide a reserve.”
The battlefield is in present-day Belgium, about eight miles (12 km) south-southeast of Brussels, and about a mile (1.6 km) from the town of Waterloo. The site of the battlefield is today dominated by a large monument, the Lion Mound. As this mound used earth from the battlefield itself, the original topography of the part of the battlefield around the mound has not been preserved.
At the end of the Day only 15 of the 530 men who paraded that morning were left.
The officers and men of the King’s Dragoon Guards shared out what little food they had and sat down to eat it. In memory of that evening on the field of Waterloo, the officers and sergeants of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards still dine together on Waterloo night in the sergeant’s mess.
Waterloo Dinner 23.06.2012
RCA 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards Germany Branch
Order of Events
19:00 – Meet at ESV Football Club for Drinks
20:00 – Meet at theWolfenbüttler Brauhaus im Ratskeller
20:30 Dinner – Drinks
23:00 – Return to ESV Football Club for Drinks
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Wolfenbütteler Brauhaus im Ratskeller
Menu 1; – Price Per Person €25,80
Starter: Tomato Soup with Basilica
Main course: “Brauhaus” Steak 250G Rump steak with fried Onions and French Fries
Desert: Warm Apfelstrudel with Vanilla Ice and Cream
Menu 2; – Price Per Person €18,20
Starter: Potato Soup with Wiener Sausages
Main course: Half a duck in its own sauce with Dumplings and red cabbage. cabbage.
Desert: Small Ice Cream with Fruits
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