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Fantastic British relics of the Napoleonic Era

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  • Fantastic British relics of the Napoleonic Era

    Regimental Colour, 57th (West Middlesex) Regiment of Foot, 1803-1813.

    This colour was hit by 21 shots and had its staff broken by enemy fire during the Battle of Albuera (16 May 1811). General William Beresford's army came under a massive flanking attack by a French force under Marshal Soult. A storm of shot tore into the British ranks and the 57th Foot suffered particularly severely. The 57th's commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel William Inglis, was hit but remained with the Regiment's colours, encouraging his men with the words 'Die hard, 57th, die hard'. A counter-attack saved the day and the French were eventually defeated. From that day on, the 57th were known as 'The Die-hards'.



    Battle of Albuera: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Albuera

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    Lloyd's Patriotic Fund Presentation Sword presented to Lieutenant Colonel J Moore, 23rd Regiment of Light Dragoons.

    This handsome sword was one of many awarded by Lloyds to British Army and Royal Navy officers after distinguished actions in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1793-1815). Colonel Moore received it for his conduct at the Battle of Maida on 4 July 1806.









    Battle of Maida: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Maida

    MORE TO COME.
    My avatar: Center of the Cross of the Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) of the First French Empire (Napoleonic Era), 3rd type (awarded between 1806-1808). My Légion d'honneur. :-)

  • #2
    Impressive finds.
    Wack tac mac hey.
    Regards.
    Grishnak.

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    • #3
      An interesting side view = the battle of Albeura appears on various French monuments as a French victory. This is because Soult didn't want to admit a defeat (another one) to Napoleon so he wrote it up in his despatches as a decisive victory. The French papers made much of it and it was at once chiseled into various commemorative plaques etc. When the truth finally filtered back it was too embarrassing to have to go and replace these etc that it was quietly left as a victory a sort of alternative historical fact.
      Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
      Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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      • #4
        The colours really look like having seen much action. Great find.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by the Iron Duke View Post
          The colours really look like having seen much action. Great find.
          Whilst I'm sure that those ones have,any colours laid up in the regimental church or chapel will tend to fade and disintegrate with time. The conditions are not usually conducive to preservation and the materials are particularly prone to moth attack
          Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
          Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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