Night at the Museum
June 14, 2019
After an interesting encounter last year with Napoleon the Strategist at the Musée de l’Armée in Paris, it seemed rude to miss an opportunity of making closer acquaintance.
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The museum was open free of charge on the evening of 18th May 2019, and in spite of a downpour later in the evening, it welcomed 8,000 visitors on ‘La Nuit des Musées’.
For one night only, a group of re-enactors gathered outside Napoleon’s tomb at Les Invalides.
On the bicentenary of Waterloo in 2015, Jeremy Paxman visited a re-enactment of the battle, and commented on the age of those who participated in the rôle of senior officers.
They were of ‘advanced years’, which he put down to the fact that they were better able to afford the cost of their uniforms and equipment.
I won’t comment on their age….
….but you can’t deny their enthusiasm
There was a moment when one young infantryman realised that someone was stealing his dinner
There was a senior officer, recruiting for
La Garde Imperiale….
….and a trumpeter of Chasseurs à Cheval
Were their uniforms authentic? The exhibits in the museum spoke volumes
There were Horse Artillerymen demonstrating where to put a shell….
….and a couple of cool dudes.
(Well, maybe one)
And they were all there to honour the memory of Napoleon Bonaparte
See two of my photos of the event in the museum’s compilation on Instagram: