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  • #46
    Originally posted by Von Richter View Post
    Some of the 95th wore brown trousers!
    Facing a French column, I'm not surprised. Up until the moment the infantry lines started pouring three rounds a minute into it, a column fifty men wide extending as far as you could see, wasn't for the faint-hearted.
    Indyref2 - still, "Yes."

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    • #47
      Originally posted by the ace View Post
      Facing a French column, I'm not surprised. Up until the moment the infantry lines started pouring three rounds a minute into it, a column fifty men wide extending as far as you could see, wasn't for the faint-hearted.
      Well you didn't find much 'faint-heartedness' in the 95th, whoever they were up against.

      Paul
      ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
      All human ills he can subdue,
      Or with a bauble or medal
      Can win mans heart for you;
      And many a blessing know to stew
      To make a megloamaniac bright;
      Give honour to the dainty Corse,
      The Pixie is a little shite.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by Dibble201Bty View Post
        Well you didn't find much 'faint-heartedness' in the 95th, whoever they were up against.

        Paul
        I'm not saying you did, just that it'd give just about anyone brown trousers.
        Indyref2 - still, "Yes."

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        • #49
          Originally posted by the ace View Post
          I'm not saying you
          I didn't for one moment think you were saying me!

          just that it'd give just about anyone brown trousers.
          Would it? They didn't become the best light troops in the world by first sh themselves whenever they saw the enemy advancing; unless of course one or two had a touch of the trotts.

          Paul
          Last edited by Dibble201Bty; 22 Feb 12, 20:18.
          ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
          All human ills he can subdue,
          Or with a bauble or medal
          Can win mans heart for you;
          And many a blessing know to stew
          To make a megloamaniac bright;
          Give honour to the dainty Corse,
          The Pixie is a little shite.

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          • #50
            Normal service has been resumed and I'm on solid ground... 'cos we're back to talking crap! The 95th's alleged lack of bottle at Waterloo spoiled that Adkin fellow's book, right at the end for me. It kind of smacked of him trying to kid us he'd found a sensational new take on the Battle of Waterloo... all bit crap, in my 'umble opinion.

            The long toll of the brave
            Is not lost in darkness
            Over the fruitful earth
            And athwart the seas
            Hath passed the light of noble deeds
            Unquenchable forever.

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            • #51
              This may have already been stated so apologies if it has.

              To me it seems that the British method of generally paying for their stuff upset the locals less than the French that simply took it. The French had superior number of forces in Spain but local partisan activity, directly resulting from reappropriation meant that these forces could rarely assemble to counter the smaller Anglo-Portuguese threat.

              My knowledge of this period is thin, to say the least, so feel free to counter said comment .
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              • #52
                When His Grace the Duke of Wellington advanced his Army into France after kicking the French from both Portugal and Spain, he made a point of paying for everything, and forbade looting and foraging. He knew better than most how dangerous it could be to be hated and loathed by the indigenous wotnots living behind his lines. The French did what they'd always done and terrorised, looted, robbed and abused those on their line of march...even though they were their own people.
                The long toll of the brave
                Is not lost in darkness
                Over the fruitful earth
                And athwart the seas
                Hath passed the light of noble deeds
                Unquenchable forever.

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by Nick the Noodle View Post
                  This may have already been stated so apologies if it has.

                  To me it seems that the British method of generally paying for their stuff upset the locals less than the French that simply took it. The French had superior number of forces in Spain but local partisan activity, directly resulting from reappropriation meant that these forces could rarely assemble to counter the smaller Anglo-Portuguese threat.

                  My knowledge of this period is thin, to say the least, so feel free to counter said comment .

                  To be fair that was common French practice and had served them well up till then.

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by Von Richter View Post
                    When His Grace the Duke of Wellington advanced his Army into France after kicking the French from both Portugal and Spain, he made a point of paying for everything, and forbade looting and foraging. He knew better than most how dangerous it could be to be hated and loathed by the indigenous wotnots living behind his lines. The French did what they'd always done and terrorised, looted, robbed and abused those on their line of march...even though they were their own people.
                    Not just that but for a time in France when the Spanish stated causing revenge atrocities he actually sent them back and were not recalled until Toulouse

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by Dibble201Bty View Post
                      I didn't for one moment think you were saying me!



                      Would it? They didn't become the best light troops in the world by first sh themselves whenever they saw the enemy advancing; unless of course one or two had a touch of the trotts.

                      Paul
                      Best in the world. I am sure the Americans/The Germans and Russians may disagree with you here

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                      • #56
                        Originally posted by History fan View Post
                        Best in the world. I am sure the Americans/The Germans and Russians may disagree with you here
                        Those in the peninsular along with the 52nd and 43rd had no equal.

                        Paul
                        ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                        All human ills he can subdue,
                        Or with a bauble or medal
                        Can win mans heart for you;
                        And many a blessing know to stew
                        To make a megloamaniac bright;
                        Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                        The Pixie is a little shite.

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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by Von Richter View Post
                          Normal service has been resumed and I'm on solid ground... 'cos we're back to talking crap! The 95th's alleged lack of bottle at Waterloo spoiled that Adkin fellow's book, right at the end for me. It kind of smacked of him trying to kid us he'd found a sensational new take on the Battle of Waterloo... all bit crap, in my 'umble opinion.

                          Don't you mean that Urban fellow ?

                          Paul
                          ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                          All human ills he can subdue,
                          Or with a bauble or medal
                          Can win mans heart for you;
                          And many a blessing know to stew
                          To make a megloamaniac bright;
                          Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                          The Pixie is a little shite.

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                          • #58
                            Originally posted by Dibble201Bty View Post
                            Don't you mean that Urban fellow ?

                            Paul
                            That's 'im... think mi' brayn's gone a bit wonky tonday.
                            The long toll of the brave
                            Is not lost in darkness
                            Over the fruitful earth
                            And athwart the seas
                            Hath passed the light of noble deeds
                            Unquenchable forever.

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                            • #59
                              Originally posted by Von Richter View Post


                              That's 'im... think mi' brayn's gone a bit wonky tonday.
                              Just a payback for that 71st Highlander piper, Funken picture post of a few weeks ago

                              Paul
                              ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                              All human ills he can subdue,
                              Or with a bauble or medal
                              Can win mans heart for you;
                              And many a blessing know to stew
                              To make a megloamaniac bright;
                              Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                              The Pixie is a little shite.

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                              • #60
                                Tooshay Monsewer!!!
                                The long toll of the brave
                                Is not lost in darkness
                                Over the fruitful earth
                                And athwart the seas
                                Hath passed the light of noble deeds
                                Unquenchable forever.

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