27 Feb 2009
SHOW & TELL - Tin soldiers
More participants are here at Kelly's
When we moved to Waterloo, people started to offer tin soldiers to Mr. Gattino. In a short time he had all soldiers in their different uniforms.
Here you can see Napoleon, he is the only one I recognize because I know nothing about the uniforms of the different countries fighting in this battle.
The only thing I admire is their colorful outfit, what a difference to the uniforms soldiers wear today !
To go along with the battle he also has two books which describe the uniforms in all details.
There were 72,000 French soldiers consisted of 58,000 infantry, 14,000 cavalry, and 7,000 artillery with 250 guns.Wellington had 67,000 men: 50,000 infantry, 11,000 cavalry, and 6,000 artillery with 150 guns. Of these, 24,000 were British, with another 6,000 from the King's German Legion. All of the British Army troops were regular soldiers and 7,000 of them were Peninsular War veterans. In addition, there were 17,000 troops from the Netherlands, 11,000 from Hanover, 6,000 from Brunswick, and 3,000 from Nassau. Can you imagine how colorful the battlefield was !
Over 50 000 soldiers lost their life here in 1815.