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May 24, '20

Frequency and Resonance

It all started in 1970 when I was sitting my CSEs and o’Levels. I was entrenched in my American Civil War subconscious memories from the age of ten which was on going. I was just sixteen years of age.

Unusually I had decided to submit a military painting for my Art GCSE o’Level course work. It theme was Napoleon and his Generals at the gates of Moscow instead of Lee and Grant at Appomattox Courthouse 1865.

Halcyon Days

During in the Michaelmas Term I aced history results and so did my classmates. Our History teacher Geoff Lovelock had nothing to do and instead of the triple free periods I suggested playing Wargames. The rest of the class enthusiastically responded! It would make a change from Social and Economic History and the Industrial Revolution that we had been studying! The Battle of Waterloo came to mind as it was the quintessential land battle that set the course for Europe and Great Britain in 19th Century.

The next week I busy myself with the production of scenery, buildings and markers to represent the units and regiments. I still have those after all these years!

I explained the battle and the Donald Featherstone rules to my classmates and then we refought the battle with me as umpire.

Then by serendipity the blockbuster movie Waterloo hit the cinemas in the UK! So I arranged a class visit with Geoff Lovelock my History master in tow.

The rest of the year was taken over with Wargames, my friend Clive Dorrell produced The Battle of Jutland and Barry Taylor the Alamo.

The Cuirassier

I remember drawing and painting a large picture of a French Cuirassier in my spare time. Then Hamish Fraser head of Thanet Wargames Group loaned to me a Cuirassier Sabre!

The Wargames Club

Fast forward to 1980 and my first teaching post. Coming back from a battle with cancer with renewed gusto I started Wargames Club at school. Paying the pupil 1 pence per Lego piece I collected 5000 building blocks for units (4 stud for Infantry, 8 stud for Cavalry and two brick across way for Artillery).

The precise ratio of colours was: 3 White bricks to 2 Red bricks to 1 other coloured bricks (blue, black, yellow).

The Open Day 1981

My club was successful with lunchtime gamers. So we decided to display a grand multiplayer “Battle of Waterloo“ with French in white and blue vs British/Dutch/Germans Red/Yellow/Black. It was great success and the pupils enjoyed it immensely!

Enter the Baron

Last week on the 24th May 2020 I was puzzling this information and hey presto I found this.....

Baron Samuel-François Lhéritier de Chézelles (French pronunciation: ​[samɥɛl fʁɑ̃swa leʁitje də ʃezɛl]; 6 August 1772 – 23 August 1829) was a French soldier who rose through the ranks during the French Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars, eventually gaining promotion to the military rank of Général de Division.

While his initial career in the infantry branch and then General Staff during the French Revolutionary Wars was unremarkable, Lhéritier made a name for himself as a cavalry commander during the Napoleonic Wars. A gallant officer, he led from the front and, as a result, collected a number of serious battle wounds. He was created a Baron of the Empire and a Commander of the Legion of Honour and his name is inscribed under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Having begun his military career in 1792, he joined the cavalry branch on a permanent basis in 1803 and subsequently saw steady promotion and was given various commands of heavy cavalry units. A part of the Grande Armée in 1805, he took part to the War of the Third Coalition. In 1806, at the outbreak of the War of the Fourth Coalition, Lhéritier was promoted to Colonel and given the command of the 10th Cuirassiers. In this capacity, he was noted for his brave charge at the Battle of Eylau in 1807. Two years later, during the War of the Fifth Coalition, he made an impression on his superiors, especially during the Battle of Aspern-Essling and Battle of Znaim. As a result, he was promoted to Brigadier General and given the command of a cuirassier brigade, before taking part to the French invasion of Russia in 1812. The next year, he was promoted to General of Division and was given various commands during the War of the Sixth Coalition. During the 1815 War of the Seventh Coalition, Baron Lhéritier commanded a mixed dragoon and cuirassier division, at the head of which he charged during the Battle of Waterloo. Lhéritier's active service effectively ended soon after Napoleon I's second abdication, but he did hold two significant military functions during the Second Restoration.çois_Lhéritier

“L'esprit de la se précipiter!”

Alexander Baillie Kell (1828 - 1912) and Baron Samuel-François Lhéritier (1772 - 1829) comparison

Reversed image original photograph. Wet plate photography took images with a reverse negative.

Corrected positive print image.

Showing how “we” look the same in adjacent lifetimes, with different 3D holographic bodies and yet containing the same soul.

May 24, '20
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