JUNE 13, 2015
CARINE CHRISTIAENS ACKS
From June 18-21, 2015, Waterloo, Belgium will be the center of a great re-enactment to celebrate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. The battle was fought on Sunday, June 18, 1815, near Waterloo, then part of The Netherlands. A French army under the command of Napoleon was defeated by the armies of the Seventh Coalition, comprising an Anglo-allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington combined with a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard von Blücher.
The re-enactment will include over 5,000 uniformed re-enactors, 1,500 aides, 250 civilians in period costumes and 300 horses spread out across an area, equivalent to 22 soccer fields, on land trodden by their ancestors 200 years ago. The logistics required live up to the scale of the event includes 3,500 kg of gunpowder, 100 canons, 3.5 km of road barriers, 100 (300kg) bales of straw and hay and 200 kg of peat to hide the explosives.
In addition, there are all of the technical installations ranging from two period tents for Napoleon and for the Duke of Wellington to kitchens that need to produce 8,000 meals for VIPs, as well as, supply the stands for the 120,000 spectators that are expected to attend.
Thousands of enthusiasts have understood the extent to which this historic event is totally unique and thus far, 29 different nationalities from around the world, will make the trip from as far afield as Argentina, New Zealand, Japan and Russia! (waterloo2015.org)