Of 07 to 08 July more than 500 reenactors (infantrymen, horsemen and artillerymen) of eight nationalities will make you relive the battle which took place in Wavre, in Belgium, the day of the battle of Waterloo and its day after (June 18 and 19, 1815). The reconstruction of the fighting around the Moulin de Bierges will last no less than four hours! An event organized by the Historical, Archaeological and Genealogical Circle of Wavre, by the Tourist Office of the Brabant Ardennes and by the Syndicat d'Initiative de Wavre.
The Battle of Wavre ... what is it?
But what was Grouchy doing while Napoleon was waiting for him at Waterloo? He was positioned at Wavre to separate Wellington's English from Blücher's Prussian army. As the cannon begins to roar in the direction of Waterloo Grouchy refuses to join Napoleon and decides to apply whatever happens the orders he has received: oppose the Prussians! Sad decision… Throughout the day, Grouchy persists in attacking Thielmann's Prussians in Wavre and does not seem to see that the bulk of the opposing forces are joining the English at Waterloo where everything is being played out… Failure to keep the link with the army fighting at Waterloo, Grouchy led an unnecessary battle at Wavre which dispersed the French troops. On the evening of June 18, all was lost in Waterloo but Grouchy, unaware of the disaster, continued the fight: his troops recaptured several villages from the Prussians including that of Bierges where the reconstitution was to take place.
At the end of the two days of fighting, the Prussians lost 2,467 men (killed, wounded or missing) and 5 cannons. The French losses are roughly equivalent, one counts among the dead the general Penne.
Realizing his mistake in not having marched cannon to take part in the Battle of Waterloo, realizing that now all is lost, Grouchy organizes his retreat to Namur.
Saturday July 7:
* Troop parade (downtown) from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
* Flowering of the stele dedicated to General Gérard
(rue de la Wastinne, ruelle A l'Buse) at 12:30 p.m.
Reconstruction of the battle (rue de la Wastinne, ruelle A l'Buse) at 6.30 p.m.
Sunday July 8:
* Napoleonic bivouacs (rue de la Wastinne, ruelle Al ‘Buse) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Reconstruction of the battle (rue de la Wastinne, ruelle Al 'Buse) from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Battle in a Plate: "Napoleon, from Austerlitz to the Legend"
Brabant Ardennes Tourist Office
Rue de Nivelles 1, 1300 Wavre
July 6 to August 5, 2012, 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.