The “Grognard” of Buigny L’Abbé is revealed

The “Grognard” of Buigny L’Abbé is revealed
The “Grognard” of Buigny L’Abbé is revealed

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Olivier Bacquet

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June 22, 2024 at 11:26 a.m.

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Philippe Roucoux, from Buigny L’Abbé (Somme), is co-creator in 2006 of the historical reconstruction association of the Napoleonic period ” The Grognards of the Somme« .

After two years as vice-president, he became president in 2008.

The association participates in around ten reconstitutions each year, the next one will take place on June 21, 22 and 23 in Herchies in Oise.

If I were an animal…

The eagle, symbol of vitality, majestic and powerful, without forgetting the flag eagle used as a symbol of the Napoleonic Empire.

If I were a precious stone…

The diamond, the strongest stone in the world, a majestic stone with many facets, a symbol of strength.

If I were a season…

Spring which announces renewal in nature, a new beginning, a new life!

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If I was a moment of the day…

In the morning, very early, because the early hours of the morning are the best time to be very productive, to get ahead in your work when you have a lot of things to do.

If I were a color…

Green, the color of hope and life which invites rest and calm, without forgetting imperial green!

If I were a country…

France where life is good, but the France before. You must be proud of your country, love its language, its culture, its traditions…

If I were a landscape…

The countryside with nature, the great outdoors, the valleys, the mountains, freedom… And then return to the French Campaign in 1814 where I surveyed the plains of Aube to reconstruct the battle scenarios.

If I were a piece of clothing…

The tie: it is an essential element of the suit, a component of the uniform. Since I was young, I have liked to wear it even if it is no longer completely fashionable.

If I were a book…

Commander Weil’s 1814 campaign, because you can follow all of Napoleon’s battles on a Michelin map. I read a lot!

If I were a film…

The Duellists, film directed by Ridley Scott where two hussar officers from the Napoleonic army face off in a duel for fifteen years. I admire the precise and perfect production of this film!

If I were a flower…

The hydrangea which stands out for its diversity of shapes and textures. I have about 35 at home. For me, it symbolizes beauty, grace.

If I were a superpower…

Fly. I was a pilot at the Abbeville Aero Club for several years, I even had my pilot’s license before my driving license! Unforgettable period! I love seeing the top of the world.

If I were a style of music…

Lively and light Irish music.

If I were a musical instrument…

The drum, a leading role in the marches! He sets the rhythm and can even lead the crippled people into our reenactment group.

If I were an art…

Watercolor, the art of representing life with numerous effects: fades, gradients, shades… but also the art that provokes emotions, a delicate art that admits no error! To relax, I often practice watercolors.

If I were a historical event…

La Rothière in the department of Aube in 1814 which was the tomb of the 4th that I represent with my members in historical reconstruction.

If I were a dessert…

Charlotte, this delicately sweet treat. It’s my wife’s specialty, which comes in several flavors: chocolate, strawberries, pears… there’s something for everyone. It’s also a treat for the guests!

If I were a fruit…

The pear, a delicate but fragile fruit, a symbol of knowledge! I enjoy it when it is not too ripe.

If I were a creative hobby…

Model making: I have been making 1/72 scale models of World War II aircraft in our region since the age of 12 and lead soldiers from the Napoleonic era.

If I were a sport…

Rugby is a sport that shines for the many human values ​​it combines, the spirit it exudes, the team cohesion it develops…

If I were a number…

4, because it is the day of my birth and it is also the number of the Line Infantry Regiment that I preside over!

If I were a motto…

“Laugh and let it be said”: the motto of Sapper Gaye-Mariolle from the 4th line infantry demi-brigade. Motto which still applies often today.

If I had a bad habit…

Greed ! But how can you resist good little dishes cooked, even in bivouac, by a wife whose cooking is her passion!

If I were a quality…

Patience in all activities that please me and touch me. I follow through on my achievements.

If I was a pleasure…

Napoleonic historical reconstruction, my passion! It allows you to recreate events, battles and scenes of life based on historical sources.

It helps to arouse public interest and curiosity in History! History is “my hobby”.

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