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Some delay was occasioned by a thunderstorm; but, as this passed over, the guns opened and the Old Guard and Milhaud's cuirassiers proceeded to form up opposite to Ligny.
To this end he sent two battalions of the Old Guard to storm Plancenoit.
Uthman, from the Umayya clan, represented the tribal aristocracy of Mecca, and his victory annoyed a loyalist old guard.
Here we form up in the Palace Courtyard and the first sentries take over from the remaining Old Guard.
One of the generals rode up to Napoleon and ventured to offer to lead the Old Guard into action.