Publication in the newspaper « La Libre Belgique » In the dark world of Waterloo

An immersion into the heart of the Waterloo battle with Napoleon’s 7th line infantry regiment. Captured by Olivier Papegnies 

“If some battles succeeded in changing the course of a war, Waterloo completely altered that of History, marking the end of an extraordinary odyssey and paving the way towards a new era in Europe and across the world” – Waterloo: The Battle For Modern Europe by Andrew Roberts 

June 2015. Waterloo remains synonymous with the downfall of him who was crowned by his enemies ‘The Ogre of Corsica’: Napoleon Bonaparte. 

On this celebratory year marking Waterloo’s bicentenary, a historical event organised in Belgium took place. In the open, thousands of participants contributed to reenacting this memorable, epic clash: the battle that shook Europe and the World. © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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Publication in « Figaro Magazine » In the dark world of Waterloo

An immersion into the heart of the Waterloo battle with Napoleon’s 7th line infantry regiment. Captured by Olivier Papegnies 

“If some battles succeeded in changing the course of a war, Waterloo completely altered that of History, marking the end of an extraordinary odyssey and paving the way towards a new era in Europe and across the world” – Waterloo: The Battle For Modern Europe by Andrew Roberts 

June 2015. Waterloo remains synonymous with the downfall of him who was crowned by his enemies ‘The Ogre of Corsica’: Napoleon Bonaparte. 

On this celebratory year marking Waterloo’s bicentenary, a historical event organised in Belgium took place. In the open, thousands of participants contributed to reenacting this memorable, epic clash: the battle that shook Europe and the World. © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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Publication in the newspaper « La Libre Belgique » Entrenched in the camp Kigali

On arrival in Kigali on 6 April, the presidential plane of Hutu president Juvénal Habyarimana was shot down by two missiles, an attack that has not yet been elucidated. The death of the head of state serves as the trigger for a genocide that has been prepared for months. At dawn on 7 April, the cohabitation Prime Minister, Agathe Uwilin giyimana (from the opposition), wanted to make an appeasement speech on the radio, escorted by ten Belgian blue helmets who had come during the night to reinforce her protection by Ghanaian blue helmets.
The Rwandan Presidential Guard surrounded the Prime Minister’s home. The Belgian paratroopers allow themselves to be disarmed. Lieutenant Thierry Lotin, First Sergeant Yan Nick Leroy, Corporals Bruno Bassine, Alain Debatty, Christophe Dupont, Stéphane Lhoir, Bruno Meaux, Louis Plescia, Christophe Renwa and Marc Uyttebroeck are then taken to Camp Kigali by the Presidential Guard. It was there that some of them were lynched as soon as they arrived, while the others, who had taken refuge in a small office, resisted until the afternoon, before succumbing to the murderous attacks. © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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Publication in the newspaper « La Libre Belgique » Au service de Sa Majesté

Sea King helicopter flight over the Palace and the Royal Park of Brussels during the Belgian National Day. © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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