6th company flankers, captain De Crassier
The Jagers made up the light infantry of an army, who besides ordinary infantrytactics were also trained for special tasks. In this way they were often sent forward in battles to cover other units, made reconnaissances en attempted to disorder the enemy units, by eliminating the officers, drummers and standard-bearers. This way the opponents strategy could be hampered, because there was confusion among its ranks or unintended counterattacks were provoked. Thus Jagers had the intention to be very active.
At events we usually cooperate woth other clubs, who also portray Dutch units like the 7th Btn. of Line, the 5th Militia and the artillerysection of the battery Stevenaar. This way we form the historical Bijlandt brigade, that in June 1815 fought in the battles of Quatre-Bras and Waterloo.
The main base always is a military camp, somewhere in a field, where we have put up our tents and during a weekend live the life of being on campaign. In the battles that are organised, we often go into the fights first, run from here to there and engage the opponents in many firefights. Overall we see a lot of action and have lots of fun during an event.
The 6th flankercompany of captain De Crassier saw a lot of action in 1815, when Napoleon invaded the southern netherlands. On the 16th of June 1815 the battle of Quatre-Bras was fought and the company was in the foremost frontline. Against a superior French force they managed to make a fighting retreat and keep them a t bay. For some time after this the company helped to defend the strengthened G?mioncourt Farm and after this too fell into the hands of French infantry, the company took position close to the crossroads of Quatre-Bras. For the last time it made a counterattack with the other troops of the battalion, but was ridden down by a rapid French cavalry-attack. Here the battalioncommander, Lt-Col Grunebosch was wounded and captain De Crassier of the company, took over comand, being the eldest present officer.
Two days later, the 18 June, the famous battle of Waterloo followed. Here the jagers were exposed, together with the other units of the Bijlandt brigade, to an enormous murderess artillerybarrage of the French, which was followed by a massive attack on their part of the Anglo-Allied lines. Agianst such a superior force they held but shortly, before temporarily retreating. Within minutes the jagers were restored to order from this shock and, helped by English infantry and cavalry, threw back the french in disorder and captured many prisoners. During the rest of this battle the jagers were involved in many attacks and counterattacks and inbetween kept up a lively fire with the french infantry.
After the battle of Waterloo was won, the jagers followed the Dutch army on its way into France itself, to get rid of Napoleon for once and all. Eventually they reached the gates of Paris before the peace was finally signed.