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from sucking in Allied men, the battle for the chateau would
rage all day and would tie up more than 10,000 French troops
in a bitter struggle against 2000 British Guardsmen.
At 1.30, following a half-hour bombardment, D'Erlon's I
Corps moved against the central bastion of La Haye Sainte.
hammered by the shelling and having suffered considerable
casualties while holding off the French at Quatre Bras,
the Dutch-Belgians under Bylandt were ordered to withdraw
as more than 18,000 French bayonets advanced towards them.
advancing blue coats then overran the orchard and garden
at La Haye Sainte, forced a detachment of 95th riflemen
out of a strong position in a gravel pit near the farmhouse,
and then a small force separated and set to capturing the
main building, which was being defended by the King's German
The remaining men under D'Erlon pushed on towards the small
ridge the British were formed behind.
the French moved from column to line formation the British
5th Division, under General
Picton, stood up and fired a devestating volley into
the surprised attackers. Then, before they could recover,
Picton ordered a bayonet charge but was shot through the
head and killed while leading it.
to advance, the British were threatened by cuirassiers,
formed square and immediately found themselves cut off and
under attack from infantry as well as horsemen.
Seeing the impending disaster, the British cavalry commander
Lord Uxbridge ordered
his heavy cavalry into action and the famous Charge of the
Scots Greys began.