BRANCH VISIT TO WATERLOO & SURROUNDING
Wednesday 1st May to Sunday 5th May 2019
This year we visited Waterloo in Belgium, setting out early on 1st
May for the Channel Tunnel and arriving that evening. The next day
we visited the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military
History. This was an amazing museum with everything that you could
wish to see. Many unique objects including medals, planes, guns,
tanks, uniforms, armour, and military instruments. There is a
partiularly spectatcular Russian section, with precious objects
brought out of Russia during the Revolution. We then went onto the
roof of the museum for the spectacular view of Brussels.
The next day we visited the Waterloo battlefield. Starting at the
Wellington Museum, a former coaching inn. The Duke of Wellington
set up his headquarters here on 17th and 18th June 1815. An
interesting museum. We then went to the Lions Mound at the
Waterloo 1815 Memorial, beneath which was an extensive interactive
tour with many special effects showing various aspects of the
battle. From there we went by horse and cart to Hougoumont. It was
here that the turning point of the battle took place. We then
visited Napoleon's headquarters, which is a personal museum.
The final day we went to the Wallonia area of Belgium where the
Battle of the Ardennes took place in World War Two. On the way we
experienced sleet and snow. We arrived at Bastogne to see the
museum of the 101st US Airborne Division. The museum tells the
story of the American forces who were besieged there during the
Battle of the Bulge. Then on to Mardasson where there is an
impressive memorial to the Americans killed in the battle.
The final day was spent travelling home and recalling the many
moving and impressive things we had seen and heard during an
exhausting but excellent time in Belgium.
Many thanks to our drivers, Len and Graham, and to Len for leading
Also thanks to Andrew for his usual excellent arrangements.