Campaign of La Boissiere-Ecole: 4th - 5th September 2010

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Campaign of La Boissiere-Ecole: 4th - 5th September 2010

Postby Andy R » Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:59 am

For those interested in something different, something that pushes the envelope, the campaign weekend of La Boissiere Ecole is back on again next year on a more UK friendly date.

The information pack has been released and is available from here


Campaign of La Boissière-Ecole 1815
(4-5 September 2010)

Location: The village of La Boissière-École is situated 17km west of RAMBOUILLET near Paris, on the edge of a huge forest.

Camp: The French will have a traditional camp but there will also be a living-history campaign section representing the 248th Military Detachement that will be living the event as the Allies. That is to say making shelters and bivouacing in 2 different locations on Friday and Saturday night, on the other side of the forest of Mauzaise.

Battlefields: In the surrounding countryside and forests.

Authenticity: In accordance with the French Living History Charter and specific event rules of participation and rules of engagement (available in French and in English on request)

Scenario: 1815, after the battle of Waterloo, the French army is in route and the reservesaround Paris are organised for the purpose of defending the capital from the Allied advance.

The 248th Military Detachment, a composite unit made up of various drafts from different regiments, is stationed at the village of La Boissière-Ecole when it learns that an advanced guard of Allied troops are closing in on their position.

The 248th MD’s mission is to evaluate and, if possible, stop the progress of this enemy troop.

The Allied Advanced Guard meanwhile have instructions to seek out and destroy any resistance to the advancing allied armies and pacify the area.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: We are naturally looking particularly for Allied soldiers (all arms) but we are for this edition allowing foreign-based participants wishing to take part as an 1815 French infantryman to join the Living History French detachement depending on numbers.


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Re: Campaign of La Boissiere-Ecole: 4th - 5th September 2010

Postby wurzul » Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:01 am

Two years I have been waiting to do this again, after a date clash last year. My salt beef has been down for 6 months, my biscuit is cooked and my pease pudding poised. As it inches closer I become increasingly antsy that I may sprain an ankle or break a bone and thus be prevented from attending. Anybody else got La Bois fever?



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Re: Campaign of La Boissiere-Ecole: 4th - 5th September 2010

Postby John Waller » Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:52 am

Next time perhaps. Belgic nearly finished, grey's to get. Then I'll be ready to play. Have fun.


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Re: Campaign of La Boissiere-Ecole: 4th - 5th September 2010

Postby Andy R » Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:18 pm

I have the "too much stuff to sort out in three weeks fever" :o


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Re: Campaign of La Boissiere-Ecole: 4th - 5th September 2010

Postby wurzul » Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:19 am

I don't envy you all that extra kit and horse tack. Its quite straightforward for us, once you have a blanket and a greatcoat and some spare packages of ten rounds apiece in the knapsack, you are just limited to what you can strap to the outside- a bill, some rope and messtin, plus cooking pot. The rope is my only non-reg extra, but it does come in handy (for stringing up the officers...)



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Re: Campaign of La Boissiere-Ecole: 4th - 5th September 2010

Postby Andy R » Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:53 am

This is the 15th's kit list - last time I carried all this and more..!

Horse Furniture & Equipment
•Bridle
•Head collar
•Lead rope
•Saddle
•Saddle blanket (2 if available)
•Stirrup irons and leathers
•Sheepskin
•Surcingle
•Y straps
•Breastplate
•Girth (large and small or with extenders)
•Valise
•Carbine Boot (if available)
•Pistol holsters (if available)
•Grooming kit
•Canvas bucket
•Hay net
•Luggage straps

Uniform
•Ankle boots
•Spurs
•Overalls
•Braces
•Shirt x 2
•Dolman
•Barrelled sash
•Stable jacket
•White leather gloves
•Black neck cloth/stock
•Muff cap (AKA Busby)
•Waterproof cover
•Plume
•Cap lines
•Forage cap
•Cloak

Weapons & Accoutrements
•1796 Light Cavalry Sabre (scabbards may be blackened)
•Sabre Belt
•Sabretache
•Carbine (if available)
•Waterproof lock cover (for carbine)
•Pistols x 2 (if available)
•Cartouche belt with carbine clip
•Cartouche pouch
•Water canteen
•Forage bag

Miscellaneous kit
•Cutlery
•Drinking vessel
•Plate/bowl (horse-portable)
•Palliasse (or 2 blankets stitched together) to stuff with straw and sleep on
•Sewing kit


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Re: Campaign of La Boissiere-Ecole: 4th - 5th September 2010

Postby wurzul » Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:34 pm

Bet you'll be glad to arrive and load that lot onto your hired beast!
The main weight gain we have made is by not carrying lead ball, surprisingly those 30 balls in the waist ball bag are worse than the 60 cartridgebox rounds. They bump in a very awkward place. I'm not entirely convinced we should be carrying greatcoat and blanket, but I know we'll want them at night. Other things I could do without- gun cleaning rods-but my ramrod won't take my tools. Done away with cup, fork and plate, mess tins do the trick, and if you have a pocket knife and a spoon you can bin the fork.



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Re: Campaign of La Boissiere-Ecole: 4th - 5th September 2010

Postby Andy R » Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:27 am

Yup, my mess tins fit nicely on top of my valise and I only use a sharp knife and a spoon (although last time the spoon saw no use as we usually ate on the fly)


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Re: Campaign of La Boissiere-Ecole: 4th - 5th September 2010

Postby Mark Griffin » Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:24 am

few piccies on a rough slide show here:"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj_YDP8PAvc


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Re: Campaign of La Boissiere-Ecole: 4th - 5th September 2010

Postby Marc Middleton » Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:13 pm

I just wish to thank all participants for their hard work and patience over the weekend. Hope you enjoyed yourselves and that I'll be seeing you all next year.

248th COALITION MARCHING DETACHEMENT OF THE ARMY OF OCCUPATION
(Faverolles-La Hauteville-La Boissière-Ecole-Mittainville Sector) - JULY 1815

Detachement & Battalion Commander: Captain Middleton (Royal Staff Corps)

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1st Infantry Company (aka. "Blue" Company)
Composition: 7de van Linie & 2de van Linie (detached to waggon duty)

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2nd Infantry Company (aka. "Red" Company)
Composition: 3rd Buffs, 33rd Foot, 42nd Royal Highlanders, 68th Durham Light Infantry & 92nd Gordon Highlanders

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3rd Infantry Company (aka. "Green" Company)
Composition: 2/95th Rifles & 27e Jägers

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Squadron Commander: Captain White (1st Dragoons)

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1st Cavalry Troop (aka. "Heavy" Troop)
Composition: 1st Dragoons

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2nd Cavalry Troop (aka. "Busby" Troop)
Composition: 15th Light Dragoons (Hussars) & 18th Light Dragoons (Hussars)

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3rd Cavalry Troop (aka. "Shako" Troop):
Composition: 16th Light Dragoons & 6de Huzaren van Boreel

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Waggon Corps

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(Un petit clin d'oeil aux French Buffs présents):

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Re: Campaign of La Boissiere-Ecole: 4th - 5th September 2010

Postby Mark Griffin » Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:51 pm

Excellent pics! Thanks again Marc

can we do this every weekend please? Stuff the public shows..... :-)

May have gone native here...


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Re: Campaign of La Boissiere-Ecole: 4th - 5th September 2010

Postby wurzul » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:47 am

Three of those a year and three training events would suit me just fine. Essentially its what I did before joining a group- wandering around the countryside in period kit- but so much better with like-minded souls.



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Re: Campaign of La Boissiere-Ecole: 4th - 5th September 2010

Postby Marc Middleton » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:50 pm

We have a couple of things lined up in our minds which range from campaign (tactical) events to tactical siege warfare to peace-time or allied occupation garrisons.



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Re: Campaign of La Boissiere-Ecole: 4th - 5th September 2010

Postby wurzul » Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:26 pm

Roll on the next one. Marc, did you hear that Kieran's event at Stanton st Clair (sp?) went off quite well?



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Re: Campaign of La Boissiere-Ecole: 4th - 5th September 2010

Postby Marc Middleton » Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:59 pm

Yeah I did actually...Talked with him for well over an hour about it. We are trying to see if we can avoid having our events on at the same time to better support each other.



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Re: Campaign of La Boissiere-Ecole: 4th - 5th September 2010

Postby wurzul » Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:51 pm

That would be great. Would love to attend both events next year. Thanks again for inviting the 2/95th, we had a ball.




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