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Fort l'Ecluse 1815

We are at the start of the month of June 1815.

The Emperor has returned from the island of Elba in the month of March 1815 and has retaken control of France. Louis XVIII has fled to Ghent and the allied powers have sworn to not rest until Napoleon is beaten once and for all.

War is inevitable and the Emperor has ordered, since the month of April, the creation of free corps in all frontier provinces. The departement of Ain, and the valley of Gex in particular, are concerned with these preparations as the Austrians are expected to invade via Switzerland, like they had done in 1814.

The Fort of Ecluse, striding the only road linking Geneva and France, has benefitted from substantial repair works over the last few months and is fully stocked with supplies.

Commander Villetard de la Guérie is appointed to take charge of the fort and has gathered a force of old soldiers and national guards.

Therefore, it is asked that all soldiers and officers of the infantry, the cavalry, the artillery, the naval forces and the engineering service to rally the fort.

The Austrian army is near Geneva and will undoubtly be sending reconnaissance troops to the fort. The garrison has the task to protect and prepare the fort in the next few days.

Fort l'Ecluse

The officers' quarters

The NCO quarters, with the quarter-master busy at work...

...and I think he still has some work infront of him!

One of the soldiers' barrack rooms

Soldiers within the communal room

The day's orders are posted...

...some are taken to drill...

...others are put in charge of the fortifcation works...

...and lastly, some are on guard duty

The soldiers getting ready for Sunday parade...

...the soldiers are getting ready...

...the back-packs are inspected...

...and the weapons are also controlled...

The review is nearly over



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