The Battle of Wavre was the last relevant military action of The Campaign of the 100 days and took place in the town of Wavre (Belgium) during 18th and 19th of June in 1815. Its main strategic consecuence was that Marshal Grouchy was pursuing the rearguard of Blücher’s Prussian army and couldn’t arrive to Waterloo on 16th (two days earlier) where he might could have changed the course of History. This scenario represents the first assault of the French troops on Wavre’s bridge.
In the aftermath of the battle of Ligny, Marshal Soult addressed to Marshal Davout, minister of war, the account of the battle: “Yesterday, from the battlefield of Ligny, I have announced to H.I.H Prince Joseph that the emperor had just secured a victory.
Born in 1775 in Signes, France, Jean-Baptiste Sourd enlists in the French Army at the age of 17, in 1792. He serves in the Italian campaign during which, in the midst of a cavalry engagement, he succeeds in disengaging general Massena, hard pressed by Austrian cavalrymen.
Russian gunnery has never been known for its efficiency, but it has been known for substituting mass for accuracy. The Russian army distinguished itself by the size of its gun batteries: typically, 12 or even 14 guns where other nations fielded 6 or 8. In battle, the guns per 1,000 men ratio was, correspondingly, quite high; At Eylau it was around 6, Borodino over 5, while in other armies the ratio seemed to have been in the 2.5 to 3.5 range.
The Hougoumont scenario, from the Hundred Days Campaign Manual, was played in Brussels during its “Napoleonic Special” session. The table was quite spectacular: Hougoumont castle, robust and noble – and faithfully reproduced – was eye-catching to say the least.