Thursday, March 1, 2012

Waterloo Veteran of the Month: Monsieur Moret


Seated in a grand hussar uniform is Monsieur Moret of the 2nd Regiment of 1814-15.

These remarkable photographs provide probably the only surviving images of veterans of the Grande Armée and the Guard actually wearing their uniforms and insignia, although some of the uniforms have obviously been recut by tailors of the 1850s. Each is a formal portrait of an individual gentleman photographed in a studio.

4 comments:

  1. Waterloo. Such a beloved word by the Brits, that the main railway station in London had been named just Waterloo.

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  2. Instead "Waterloo", apart from the Belgian site of the famous battle, drives to my mind a nice song by ABBA :-)

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  3. In fact the battle took place near Quatre Bras. I guess that name hasn't such a nice ring to it ...

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  4. What an amazing uniform and he still looks quite good for his age!

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