As some of your will know already, I spent last weekend at the Waterloo 2015 re-enactment event. This was a truly spectacular event with more than 5000 participants who had come from all over the world. There were plenty of spectators too - we are told about 60,000 on each of the two days (including us). Here are some pictures from the French bivouac which we visited on Friday.
There was much drill practice going on here as people worked together in preparation for the battle later that evening but also plenty of camp life too. One thing I did take away from this was how complex the whole drill thing was. It isn't easy changing from line to column and back again.
As for cavalry, you'll see some pictures further down.
|Grenadiers of 8eme ligne (I think)|
|Drill practice changing formation...ligne|
|Chef de battalion|
|from the voltigeurs|
|45eme ligne, IIRC - these guys were English!|
|Note the pheasent!|
|Limbered artillery en route to the battlefield|
|The OG had their own bivouac - here they are on duty|
|...and relaxing playing cards (mostly)|
|Napoleon was not easy to photograph - mostly he was surrounded by 'paparazzi'|
|Napoleon & Soult?|
|Finally we saw the band of the guards playing in town on Saturday|
Pictures from the allied bivouac to follow soon, I promise...