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It is always so much more meaningful to visit a battlefield than to read about it & you brought to life the whole Waterloo campaign, especially Jun 18 & the actions at Hougomont & La Haye Sainte. We hugely enjoyed the day & sharing your knowledge & enthusiasm.
I cannot thank you enough for taking us round the battlefields of those fateful days of 16-18 June 1815. You completely brought things to life for us and we are so grateful that you were prepared to accommodate our family history. In particular, standing there at Quatre Bras, where all three of the rellies were together for the only time in the campaign was really quite moving. We said afterwards that you made it such that we could imagine the scene – the noise, smoke, heat, dust, the pipes, the bravery……and the carnage. All the stories and anecdotes added to the whole adventure, and you helped us to achieve a long held ambition. That you gave us such a complete picture – even down to where Wellington and Blucher had met – was a real bonus. By the way, I have checked and our other rellies did NOT raid the baggage train. They weren’t at the battle, but they were in Brussels later. I think they bought the razor off some Prussian as it seems that a lot of Napoleana was on the market fairly soon after the battle.
It had always been an ambition to tour the battlefields on which the Napoleonic wars were ended. Alan proved to be a fantastic, knowledgeable guide.
Alan, Both Sheila and myself wanted to thank you for your time last week and for a great day. We think it was an excellent way to see the sights and we both got so much more than if we had made our own way round. It gave everything a different perspective and you handled our different knowledge of the event very well.
Recommending that we come down from Brussels the day before our tour was an excellent suggestion. Arriving on the Friday afternoon by train allowed us to discover more about the town of Waterloo, enjoy a fine meal in the Grand Hotel’s La Sucrerie restaurant and be well-rested and raring to go the following morning when you arrived on the dot to pick us up for the start of our wonderful tour. Elizabeth Longford’s “Years of the Sword” and Bernard Cornwell’s “Sharpe’s Waterloo” provide stimulating reading, but, you are to be commended for successfully bringing the battlefield and its storied combatants to life.
From Wellington’s evocative headquarters and Napoleon’s Le Cailou to the heavily contested Mont-Saint Jean escarpment, from Hougoumont and La Haye Sainte to Plancenoit, and La Belle Alliance, antique pistol at the ready, you escorted us on a remarkable journey through place and time: Hougoumont’s bombardment and spirited defense, the cannonade of the Grande Batterie, the attack of the French infantry, the furious fighting at La Haye Sainte, the charge of the British heavy cavalry, Jacquinot’s Lancers, the great French cavalry attacks against the Allied squares, the Prussian arrival and advance to Plancenoit, the attack of the Imperial Guard, the Allied advance, the last stand of the French Imperial Guard and, not to forgetting the irrepressible Victor Hugo, so much more.
Although today is two months distant from that memorable occasion, Debbie and I appreciate and fondly remember your consummate skills as a historian and a gifted storyteller. Your ability to provide us with a factual overview of the conflict and gripping, dramatic anecdotes about salient places, remarkable people and pivotal events before, during and after the battle made for a compelling experience.
I very highly recommend taking the tour offered by Alan Lindsey! He is a very intelligent, charming, and knowledgeable guide. I spent all day with him and enjoyed every minute of it. It was a perfect day!
As a student of the battle and participant in many miniature re-enactments in California, I was thrilled to be able to travel to Brussels and invest a day with Alan to see the terrain first hand. It was a treat to walk the same grounds as the soldiers and generals of this watershed historical event. Alan had a route pre-selected that included visits to Quatre Bras and Ligny, the precursor conflicts that so shaped the final event at Mt St Jean. He even found the famous windmill at Bree, where Wellington and Blucher made their pact to help each other. Unfortunately, Wellingtons right has been distorted by the massive cone called the Lions mount, but otherwise, the terrain, roads and trails seemed to represent history fairly well. I would have only picked up about 20% of the sites on my own, so Alan’s expertise and enthusiasm greatly enriched the time efficiency as well as breadth of the experience. If you really want to experience the important details of the battle, invest in Alan as your day guide.
Margaret and I had great time in Belgium touring the Waterloo battlefield. We very much enjoyed your company and found you very knowledgeable in relation to your subject. Thanks to you, I saw everything I had wanted to see – and much more besides! Your flexible approach contributed in large measure to me being able to relax and take everything in, knowing I could switch and follow my whims as circumstances presented the opportunities.
We both thank you sincerely for your patience, kindness, understanding and assistance during our time with you and wish you all the very best for the future.
Just a quick note to say how much we all enjoyed the trip to the Waterloo battlefields yesterday. My mother loved it and came away with a great set of photos – I’m so glad it all worked out even better than I’d hoped. You really know your subject and had pitched it just right for your audience. We’d never have gone down all those little cobbled roads even if we’d had our own transport and would have missed out on Ways, Plancenoit, Hougoumont, the various memorials and Villers etc We all now know a whole lot more about a major historical event thanks to you!
It is a pleasure to recommend Alan Lindsey as a guide to the battlefields of Waterloo. His friendly yet knowledgeable style is accomodating to every military enthusiast, whether an expert or a neophyte. My understanding of the battle’s complexity was enhanced by visits to Quatre-Bras, Ligny and Genappe, as well as tracing the movement of the Prussians to Plancenoit. As I stood where Napoleon watched the battle I could see why the last charge of the guard was so necessary, yet doomed. Mr. Lindsey brought the whole campaign to life for me and I feel that my experience with him was a wonderful investment!
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