Sunday, April 1, 2012

Waterloo Veteran of the Month: Monsieur Lefebre

Monsieur Lefebre, a sergeant in the 2nd Regiment of Engineers in 1815, standing wearing a plumed shako.

Every year on May 5th, the anniversary of the death of Napoleon, the veterans went to Paris to commemorate the Napoleonic battles. In their full uniforms they gathered near the column in the center of the Place Vendôme erected by Napoleon to commemorate the Battle of Austerlitz.

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  1. I think he may be taking this a little too seriously. He looks ready to impale someone with his sabre.

    1. Or maybe he's a gentle person who uses his hat to clean the house ...

  2. Three comments (or four):
    a) He looks pretty determined and I'd hate to have to fight him. Medals on his chest look impressive.
    b) If the sergeants had outfits this fancy, what did the generals look like?
    c) He looks pretty fit. I wonder how he managed to avoid a middle aged spread?

    Intriguing photo, thank you for posting.

  3. That has to be one of the finest looking hats yet!



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