It was only 200 years ago that battle was joined by the French and Prussian armies in the picturesque Belgian village of Ligny.
The French sent the Prussians (led by Marshal Blucher) reeling back. Blucher, “despite his age, tried to restore the position by attacking with his own cavalry. He was unhorsed and ridden over by French heavy cavalry, but Blucher’s aide-de-camp, with great presence of mind, draped a cloak over the Marshal’s medals and braid, so obscuring his eminent status, and in the failing light the French cavalry did not recognize him, so that at last he could be rescued by his own men.”
— Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles, p. 74
When someone writes a battle this well, the prose (to borrow a word from self’s favorite character in Game of Thrones, Gendry) sings.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.