31 May '15, 4am

'Vive l'Empereur!' Napoleon finally gets to invade England

A squadron of Napoleon's army pant up the path that leads to Stoney Hill Wood, a copse of beech trees chosen for an ambush of the Duke of Wellington's redcoats. "Vive l'Empereur!" shout the troops as they advance through the English countryside. "Vive Hollande!" shouts one joker, before being reprimanded. Staying in character is vital to the business of re-enactment, and 300 British enthusiasts fighting for both sides are in training for one of their biggest ever gigs -- restaging the Battle of Waterloo to mark its 200th anniversary. Below the copse, near a little stone bridge, two French soldiers in grey coats lie on their backs as if dead. They have been motionless on the grass for the past hour, despite the risk of sunburn. "I will die this weekend, and more than once," said Brian Bullock, a 61-year-old who works in a psychiatric hospital but for now is transformed into...

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