The saturday night we returned from the battlefield of Waterloo, exhausted but proud and the boys of the 58th began to sing a song. I had heard already the refrain, to James and Diego, but this time they sang whole song. Later speaking with them, they commented to me that was called “Au 31 of mois d’aout” and that was a song of the French navy.
The origin of this song is unknown, but it was one of the favorite songs of the French soldiers of the revolutionary era and later the Imperial era. Especially during the attacks on bayonets.