Aug 01 2009
You might have watched a video clip of re-enactors of the 33rd Regiment loading and firing their muskets straight at the camera. That video has been seen by a lot of people, so when we met with the 33rd at the Newstead Abbey event Corporal “Tapper” Eeles volunteered to give us a close-up of what is involved in loading and firing a musket. You will not see a better demonstration!
This next video clip is one that John shot at the Battle of Waterloo re-enactment weekend in June 2009. The soldiers are from the 33rd Regiment of Foot, a fine body of men who take re-enactment far beyond merely wearing a uniform.
I defy you not to duck at the end!
The next video is a promotional piece filmed for my publishers, Messrs. Pen and Sword, at the Battle of Waterloo re-enactment weekend. Here you find me in costume, outside a large canvas bell tent, encamped in the orchard at Hougoumont.
After watching the clip of the 33rd Foot firing a musket volley you might be curious and wonder what it would be like to survive the muskets but then come face to face with a cannon. Here’s you chance to find out- watch as the gunners of the King’s German Artillery go into rapid fire, two rounds, very much in your face….
Re-enactment is very much about authenticity and living history. However, there are sometimes lighter moments, for instance here you can watch the King’s German Artillery learning how to die in a spectacular, realistic and soldierly way…
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