The Great Gate of Hougoumont by Keith Rocco.
Anchoring the Anglo-Allied right center, the formidable chateau of Hougoumont has become synonymous with the Battle of Waterloo. It was here that the French army - driven by its institutional memory grounded in victories which saw Napoleonic soldiers defeat other armies while carrying such celebrated defensive positions as the Abbey of Elchingen and the Castle of Ebelsberg -- met a foe of a more determined mettle. Time and again, French attacks swept forward in vain attempts to capture Hougoumont which, if successful, would have opened the covered way into the heart of Wellingtons position. The closest the French came to capturing the chateau was their second assault, spearheaded by Colonel Cubieres 1st Legere. Although Cubieres was wounded and thrown off his horse just outside the chateaus great gate, the assault was sustained by sous-lieutenant Legros. Wielding a pioneers ax, and though facing a hail of bullets, Legros, nicknamed lEnforceur, broke open the barrier and forced his way into the courtyard, followed by about 40 other members of the 1st Legere. The garrison managed to reclose the gate behind Legros, thus cutting off French reinforcements, and slew all the assailants except for one young French drummer boy. Hence, with the closing of The Great Gate of Hougoumont did the Duke of Wellington claim the reason why he won the last Napoleonic battle.
|Item Code : KR0011||The Great Gate of Hougoumont by Keith Rocco. - This Edition|
|PRINT||Signed limited edition of 500 prints. |
| Image size 24 inches x 16.5 inches (61cm x 42cm)||Artist : Keith Rocco||SOLD|
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