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June, 1815. The Coldstream Guards and the 3rd guards are ready impatiently for orders to maneuver into conflict opposed to Napoleon and his French military. each day turns out never-ending because the troops look forward to Wellington's orders. whilst the gang ultimately come upon the French in conflict, a different command comes from Wellington himself to Colonel James Macdonell of the Coldstream Guards: carry the château at Hougoumont and don't enable the French move. What occurs subsequent is historical past.

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Do your husbands dwell? ’ ‘They do, Colonel,’ answered Mrs Rogers. ‘Both secure, thank the great Lord. ’ ‘And you, Mrs Osborne, how do you fare? ’ ‘A bullet via my breast and into my shoulder, Colonel. The medical professional says he'll extract it and that i will reside to be an previous girl. ’ ‘I am comfortable of it. How did you get to Hougoumont with no my realizing? ’ ‘We slipped down with the boys for those who have been with the Duke, Colonel. we would have liked to be with them,’ spoke back Mrs Rogers with a smile. Macdonell nodded and moved on. He exchanged a observe or with every one wounded guy till he got here to Joseph Graham. His thigh have been bandaged with a couple of trousers. He was once deathly light. ‘Corporal Graham? ’ whispered Macdonell. The Irishman opened his eyes in short. He confirmed no signal of recognising his colonel. Macdonell left him to sleep. James Hervey and his troops have been within the north backyard, contained in the gates. ‘I imagine we could open the gates now, Mister Hervey,’ acknowledged Macdonell. ‘We needs to get the wounded as much as the dressing stations. ’ guards lifted the cross-beam off its housings and driven open the gates. outdoors them, the lane was once packed with French our bodies. ‘Check for wounded, Mister Hervey. If there are any, ship them up too. ’ ‘I will, Colonel. ’ ‘And ship a foraging celebration as much as the ridge. meals and water, no matter what they could locate. ’ Darkness used to be falling and the conflict of conflict have been changed by means of the cries of the wounded. Macdonell discovered James Graham within the south backyard. ‘James, we want wagons for the wounded. ship a celebration to fetch a few. Your brother is within the backyard. be certain he and Mrs Osborne are at the first wagon. Are you harm? ’ ‘Me, sir? stable Lord, no, sir. now not a scratch. yet I worry for Joseph. ’ ‘He has misplaced a lot blood. Get him to a healthcare professional, James. ’ From the nook of his eye, Macdonell observed figures emerge from the gardener’s condo – a broad-shouldered guy in a leather-based jerkin and a battered previous hat and a blonde lady of approximately 5 in a grimy white smock. They have been keeping palms and, regardless of the failing mild, have been blinking as though that they had emerged from a cave into vibrant sun. ‘Who the satan are you? ’ he referred to as out sooner than collapsing right into a healthy of coughing. the 2 figures got here in the direction of him and the guy held out a bottle. James took a mouthful and coughed back. It used to be brandy. He passed again the bottle. ‘Thank you. Merçi. ’ ‘Mon plaisir, monsieur. Je m’appelle van Cutsem, le jardinier. Voiçi ma fille. ’ Macdonell shook his head. the guy claimed to be the gardener and the little lady to be his daughter. the place had they arrive from? With mounting astonishment, he stumbled on that Monsieur van Cutsem and his daughter had spent an evening and an afternoon within the cellar lower than the gardener’s condo and had emerged in basic terms whilst the sounds of conflict had died. they didn't comprehend which manner the conflict had long past till they climbed the steps and observed crimson uniforms within the farm and the backyard. The gardener didn't belief the French and used to be relieved they had been defeated. better of all, he had foodstuff and wine within the cellar, and will be satisfied to percentage them with the British infantrymen.

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