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visite du muséeThe canister shot-pierced breast plate demonstrates the force of penetration of the firearms of the period. Canister shot consists of cylindrical metal canisters filled with small lead balls and fired by cannons.



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The weapon on display is a gun of the type used by the French dragoons, complete with bayonet. It is shorter than an infantry gun but would have had just as good a firing distance : 100 metres.

Bust of Baron Goethals. Born in Brussels in 1782, he served successively in the armies of Austria, France, the Netherlands and of Belgium, depending on the fortunes of the Belgian provinces at the time. He was in Napoleon's army during the Emperor's campaigns and was taken prisoner during the retreat from Russia. After Napoleon's abdication, and after he himself had returned from captivity, he went to serve the Netherlands. At the Battle of Waterloo he commanded the 36th Belgian Chasseurs battalion helping to repel the Imperial Guard from the plateau at Mont-Saint-Jean. On the independence of Belgium he allied himself to the new power and in 1832 became Inspector general of the army and aide de camp to King Leopold 1st.



visite du muséeAt the end of the battle Lord Uxbridge, in command of the British cavalry, was hit in the right knee by canister shot and his leg was amputated. The museum has this example of an open prosthesis demonstrating the skills of the craftsmen at that time.






visite du muséeA sabre belonging to an English sapper of the early 19th century. The saw shaped back is a working tool, the blade a defensive weapon. The engineering corps were responsible for constructions or for the creation of obstacles.



visite du muséeIt was in this room on the campaign table that Wellington wrote his victory bulletin for the British government. Many of the souvenirs conjure up memories of the Duke.




visite du muséeIn the display cabinet: the canteen trunk of General Baron de Constant Rebecque, Chief of staff in the Dutch army. A general officer when on campaign would not deprive himself of a certain level of luxury as this reflected his important status in the hierarchy. The egg-cup set is in silver and vermeil.


visite du muséeBlücher, wounded at Ligny on 16th June, is shown here with his leg in a bandage. Here he can be seen at the Roi d’Espagne inn in Genappe on the evening of 18th June. During their pursuit of the French troops the Prussians seized one of Napoleon’s light four-wheeled coaches, containing amongst other things a hat and a State sword.



visite du muséeOn the wall between the windows there are two standards that the Emperor should have returned to the National Guard. Each 'département' (administrative subdivision of France) was obliged to raise a regiment of national guards to defend its territory. Note that the 'Champ de Mars' has been changed to 'Champ de Mai'.



visite du muséeThe model of Lion Mound, the monument erected by the Dutch at the place where Crown Prince William of Orange-Nassau was injured. The construction of the hill took from 1823 to 1826. Some 30,000m3 of earth form the pyramid, which is 40.5 m high and 169 m in diameter. A stone pillar supports the 28 ton lion made in cast iron with a pedestal of dressed stone.