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|To conquer foreign lands — to seek out new enemies and new countries — to boldly go where no French soldier has gone before.|
Our first gathering this year. We thoroughly refreshed our knowledge of the drill, gave a new coating to our hats in order to stiffen them, repainted all our leather belts with a mixture of pipe clay and arabic gum, and cleaned and repaired also the other parts of our equipment.
The night was pleasant. Le Fleuri had a shave, which attracted the interest of everybody. In the end, having paid a lot of attention|
to our leather belts, we just looked brilliant in our culottes and gaiters. Our sergent Rôtisseur was very pleased.
The grenadiers Sans-Souci, La Cravate and Belle-Humeur passed a relaxing weekend in the French fortress Neuf-Brisach. In the first skirmish we acted as the guard of a 4pounder gun of the 1er régiment d'artillerie (our former battalion artillery), but for the rest of the time we concentraaed on bringing our knowledge of the manual exercise to perfection.
|Of course, we dedicated our time not ony to drill, but also to our favourite sutlers.|
|How we were seen by the Prussians and Saxons.|
Commanded by our sergent Rôtisseur and our caporal Bras de Fer, we had a great time in the surroundings of the little village Beichlingen and its castle. During the whole Saturday, we were marching and skirmishing, in a beautiful landscape and with intelligent opponents.
|Grenadiers in bivouac and on the march.|
|And grenadiers skirmishing.|
Pas-Perdu, François, Trompelamort, Champagne, Bras de Fer, Belle-Humeur, Rôtisseur, L'Agitateur, Sans-Souci.
Many of the photos of Beichlingen have been made by Claudia Behnke, Marie-Luise Donath and Sarah Götze. Many thanks !
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