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"#000000">LA CHARGE! French Cavalry at The Battle of Waterloo, Army of The North, Belgium, 18th June 1815 AD. Napoleonic Wars History Art Print by Mark Churms & Fine Art Giclee Reproductions on canvas by Mark Churms, published by MarkChurms.com. Limited edition art print on paper published by Cranston Fine Arts of Scotland also available.
LA CHARGE! mark churms, Baron de Donop's Brigade at The Battle of Waterloo 5:30 p.m.,18th June 1815After four hours of fighting, the squadrons of Napoleon's 3rd Cavalry Corps finally join the massed assaults on the battered allied infantry squares. With the 42 year-old marechal de camp, Frederic-Guillaume de Donop at their head, the 2nd and 3rd Cuirassier Regiments break from a trot into a canter as they clear the ridge. The heavy cavalry are smashed against the steadfast bayonets of the redcoats and counter-charged by light horsemen. In one of these encounters, the General himself is terribly wounded and falls from his horse; his son (who is also his aide-de-camp) is also injured. Both are reported missing and presumed captured. Belgium, waterloo, battle of waterloo, waterlloo, Although the General's body is not found, it is certain that he met his death in the muddy fields of Waterloo alongside many of his brigade. In 1895, his name is inscribed on the north face of L'Arc de Triomphe in Paris in recognition of his service to France.In the last major battle of the Napoleonic Wars, Marshal Ney's veteran mounted soldiers charge against the infantry squares of the British and their Allies on the slopes of Mont Sean-Jean. Napoleon's French 2nd and 3rd Cuirassiers from his reserve heavy cavalry corps are lead into action by their brigade commander. Marechal de Camp of France, Frederic-Guillaume de Donop is killed during this attack, along with so many of his cavalier comrades in arms.