Battle of Waterloo reenactment
It is held every June on the weekend nearest to the historic date of the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815). In a regular year there will be 600–800 reenactors. The 5-year-anniversaries are greater events with 1,500–2,000 reenactors from France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, Poland and Russia.
A major event, one of the largest ever staged, was held on the site of the battle to mark the 200th anniversary of the engagement. 6,200 re-enactors, 330 horses, 120 cannon took part in actions in an arena area close to La Haye Sainte. During the event, the Allied Army was camped at Hougoumont, with the French camped about a mile away from La Caillou.
The event was opened with a poetic interpretation of the Battle, created by Luc Petit. The show was located on a stage 150 metres long, with giant projector screens, pyrotechnics, dancers, classical musicians and local choirs – in addition to cast members drawn from the re-enactment groups. Three re-enactors were injured by explosives during this production, with one being taken to hospital with serious burns.
- Battle of Waterloo relived: the sound a fury of a Napoleonic war re-enactment, The Telegraph
- Photos of the Allied camp
- Photos of the French camp
- Huge sound-and-light show for Waterloo bicentenary, AFP/Yahoo News
- Portable loos and Belgian officiousness: When 'war' breaks out at the Battle of Waterloo, 2015, The Telegraph
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- Gallery: Re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo to mark 200th anniversary year comes to Ickworth Park Matt Hunter, Ipswich Star, Monday, April 13, 2015 10:33 AM
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