"After a stiff resistance, the 27th Jager retired toward the Gemioncourt farm. Two companies of the battalion were deployed in the farm's gardens, the remaining companies were stationed to their front and left, 200 paces away.... The young soldiers of Westenberg's 5th Militia had their baptism of fire here, suffering severely from French howitzers. As Jamin's brigade moved in to assault the farm, two companies of the 5th Militia moved forward to support the two companies of the 27th Jager holding the farm gardens. At the same time the four center companies of the Jager battalion were in the process of withdrawing when Piré's chasseurs struck them, inflicting heavy losses, and scattering many survivors who were only able to rejoin their unit that night." Peter Hofschröer, 1815: The Waterloo Campaign, p. 292.
"The sight of reinforcements encoraged the 5th Militia to hang on north of Gemioncourt. They moved forward and stormed the farm at bayonet point, cleared away Jamin's skirmishers from the walls and fields, and then deployed in a line to the south of the farm. Some of the French held on in the farm itself, however." Hofschröer, 1815: The Waterloo Campaign, p. 293.
"Next a column of French cavalry and infantry from Jamin's brigade moved east of Gemioncourt. The Prince of Orange sent Merlen an order to charge this column, while he reorganised the 5th Militia and 27th Jager to attack its flank. The French were driven off with heavy losses and briefly forced to abandon Gemioncourt." Hofschröer, 1815: The Waterloo Campaign, p. 293.
"The Duke of Brunswick accompanied his Life Battalion until it came under the cover of the skirmishers of the Lüneburg Landwehr. After having a brief conversation with Colonel Best, the Duke set himself at the head of his Uhlan Squadron, and attacked the French 1st Light Regiment from Jérôme's 6th Division which was now moving up in support of Foy. The fire of this square drove the Brunswickers back in disorder. The Duke then returned to his Life Battalion who were being attacked by Piré's chasseurs à cheval and lancers, as well as Jérôme's battalions. During this action the Duke of Brunswick was mortally wounded, at the head of his young soldiers, and had to be carried away. The Duke was on his horse about 25 paces in front of the battalion when he came under fire, probably from some of the French lancers. First his horse was struck, and fell, then a second salvo hit the Duke, inflicting the fatal wound. He was rescued by Corporal Kübel and Jäger Rekau of the 1st Company, and Hornist Aue of the 3rd. They carried him to the battalion, using their muskets as a stretcher. Coming under heavy artillery fire here, they took their wounded charge to the Namur road where Major von Wachhlotz relieved them. That night, Colonel Olfermann, until then second-in-command of the Brunswick Corps, wrote the following report to his government:
...our much-loved Duke...was hit by a musket ball which smashed through one hand, his abdomen and his liver. This tragic incident occurred about 6 PM when His Grace was personally leading two battalions against a strong enemy column which was threatening our entire right flank. Despite being heavily outnumbered, it held back the enemy for a long time, but finally had to fall back on the second line. The last words the Duke spoke before his death were to Major von Wachholtz, and were, 'Oh, my dear Wachholtz, where is Olfermann?'"
Peter Hofschröer, 1815: The Waterloo Campaign, p. 300.
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