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200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo 
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On the 18th of June (2015) 10,000 visitors attended the large scale re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo.
6000 re-enactors in the field took part in skirmishes tearing off the top of the paper cartridges and pouring the 'explosive' black powder down the barrel of their muskets while commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle.
Of interest, the requirement in the UK requires re-enactors apply a shotgun license for a musket license and a second application for a 'free' black powder explosives license to store at home usually in the garden shed. To take your musket to Europe require the European Firearms Pass. In many parts of Europe no license is required, which can create difficulties for re-enactors planing to take part in battles in other European countries that require some type of license for black powder firearms.

https://youtu.be/ndzvWgEsERg

https://youtu.be/OgJR7r4FztM

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The real Battle of Waterloo was carnage, with 47,000 soldiers killed or wounded, and survivors left wading through blood past the mutilated bodies and limbs of their colleagues. The risks for the re-enactors were minimal despite the pyrotechnics during the big shows, but they said the excitement was real.
"We feel the adrenaline mounting when we march against the enemy," said Sebastien Vigneron, a 27-year-old Belgian with a rugby player's physique who went by the name "Grenadier Le Roc".
Life in the bivouac was also kept as realistic as possible.
Romain Vadam said all modern machinery was banned from the camp, especially mobile phones. The food was also historically accurate, despite the fact that the exhausted troops at the time in 1815 complained bitterly about their provisions in the run-up to the battle.
"Most of the time we eat vegetable soup that has been cooked on a wood fire, because the soldiers' rations consisted of vegetables and smoked meat.
"They used to liven up the soup with black powder, the powder from their gun cartridges, to replace salt or spices that they lacked," he said.
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/ ... ast-detail


22 Jun 2015 15:21
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Excellent Black Adder, great videos. Black Adder how difficult is it for one to get into this type of re-enactment here in Ireland.


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"They used to liven up the soup with black powder, the powder from their gun cartridges, to replace salt or spices that they lacked,"


didnt napoleons surgeon tell starving solders to eat dead horse with a bit of gunpowder seasoning :shock:


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Sikamick wrote:
Black Adder how difficult is it for one to get into this type of re-enactment here in Ireland.


I believe some groups insist on a probationary membership period of one year to allow them filter-out any flash in the pan types.
There are well known expert artillerymen registered with the DoJ and members of the website. They would be familiar with the re-enacting scene here and abroad.
I believe you can pm them for advice and maybe on the supply of controlled items, e.g swords, muskets and cannon etc.

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Irish Arms
Boyd Rankin & Lynne Williams

http://www.irisharms.ie/aboutus.htm
http://www.allmediascotland.com/broadca ... -scotland/

Boyd can similarly produce sabres and muskets to order from his workshop and is the armoury and pyrotechnics expert on Game of Thrones, so our explosions were pretty authentic – it was advisable to keep well clear!

Nonex Systems Ireland


Fingal Living History Society, a historical re-enactment and living history society based in Ireland.
http://flhs.ie/

Lord Edward's Own
Historical Re-enactment group

http://www.kildare.ie/Monasterevin-Hist ... ctment.htm

Association of Irish Military Enthusiasts

http://www.aime.ie/

Duncannon Fort, home of re-enactment in Ireland
http://duncannonfort.com/
viewtopic.php?f=15&t=503

1798 Vinegar Hill Battle Re-Enactment
https://youtu.be/bYos5AX26K0


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