We have just completed our tribute page to the Bicentenary of Waterloo. Sourced from archives, literature and our recent trip to the battlefield we have set out the key moments of the battle and more importantly what can still be seen today. It has also been interesting to source old images of the area and then to retake the same view today and compare the passage of time over two hundred years. Perhaps the overwhelming facts though that have come to light during our investigations has been the truly horrific loss of life encountered during the battle; We must though remember that in 1815 life was very cheap and if wars didn't kill you then squalor or disease did. Most of the soldiers who fought at Waterloo were just young boys on both sides with little else in their lives to look forward to. It was a time when aristocratic Officers bought their own commissions and often paid to set up their own regiments and thought nothing of dishing out immense cruelty to their own men in the name of discipline. That said, the battle cost nearly 50,0000 lives and that in modern terms is simply appalling and one can only wonder what our modern press would have made of human losses on that scale today?
Battle of Waterloo weekend 200th anniversary, just brilliant and lots of fun. Very busy in Belgium and again they all think that Napoleon won the fight with little mention of our man Wellington! Got some great photos and managed some retake some views of the main featured farmhouses like La Haye Saint, Hougoumont and The Belle Alliance but such changes there has been to the area in 200 yrs ?
More will follow on our website soon.
Reading through newly released material about the life and capture of the traitor William Joyce, better known as Lord Haw Haw. Born as an American in 1906 to Irish immigrant parents he spent some of his early life in Ireland. He later moved to Britain and joined up with Oswald Mosely's Union of Fascists with whom he had a major part to play. He left England in September 1939 for Berlin where together with his wife, Margaret they became German Citizens.
It was in Germany where he began his notorious exploits by broadcasting anti Allied propaganda to Britain and trying his upmost to shatter British morale often with wildly inaccurate accounts of how badly our Allied forces were doing. He once broadcast that German Bombers had totally demolished both Folkestone and Dover in one night of bombing.
Joyce was captured in May 1945 while on the run and subsequently brought to Britain for trial although there was much doubt about his nationality and whther he had actually carried out treason as an American, German or as a British subject?
After a long trial he was found guilty of High Treason and sentenced to death by Hanging in January 1946. His wife Margaret was let off on compassionate grounds.
Joyce's story is one of fascination and misplaced loyalties and worthy of a feature film.
Steve is a retired photography teacher and now works as a military historian while living in East Sussex, England.