Burning down the white house

#1
I heard that there is a rumour that one of the old Fusilier Battalions were behind this in the war of 1812 when we invaded Washington DC in response to the USAs support for the French in the Napolionic wars. I also heard that the Stars and Stripes were stolen as a spoil of war and remain in some infantry battailions silver room somewhere....

Is this true and if it is i wonder if the yanks have ever asked for it back.
 
#2
#3
if you could that would be awesome.

I had heard a rumour that the flag was a contensious issue and in the past had spent time in different Inf messes so it could remain safe.

A steal that has got to rank up with the Eagle at Talavera for the Royal Anglians.
 
#5
jonwilly said:
I am told there is a Painting of the Battalion CO who commanded at time of the burning in the Bury Regtl museum.
john
will keep an eye out cheers.
 
#10
Just remember, we "septics" kicked your butts, ONCE AGAIN, in this war. Flag or no flag...
 
#12
i knew someone who studied American History at University, i often mocked him by asking what the hell he did in the afternoons, by the way things that are 200 years old are not really 'Ancient'. Cheers for the flag
 
#13
Just remember, we "septics" kicked your butts, ONCE AGAIN, in this war. Flag or no flag...
No you didn't. In support of Napoleon you invaded Canada and were kicked out by the Canadians! At the end of the war your White House had been burnt, your goverment was bankrupt, your mechant marine had effectively ceased to exist and took 40 years to recover and you had abandoned any plans for a blue water navy.

True you beat us soundly at the Battle of New Orleans but the peace treaty had already been signed by then and the damage done.
 
#14
Burning the White House - a fine tradition overdue for a revival! More important was the destruction of the shipping in the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay in the same campaign, burnt to the waterline or cut out and carried off by boatloads of hairy arsed sailors. Insert Blue Water/Manoeuvrist/Amphibious bit here
 
#15
Escape-from-PPRuNe said:
Burning the White House - a fine tradition overdue for a revival! More important was the destruction of the shipping in the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay in the same campaign, burnt to the waterline or cut out and carried off by boatloads of hairy arsed sailors. Insert Blue Water/Manoeuvrist/Amphibious bit here
On reaching the White House, the officers of the lead battalion found dinner still cooking in the cravenly abandoned White House. So prior to torching the gaff, they sat down to the full monte...now that is savoir faire!
 
#16
No you didn't, as ahas been pointed out before on here. The US wanted Canada - didn't get it.
 
#17
no french imperial eagle was captured at talavera someone has been watching sharpe to much the royal anglians eagle was capyured by the essex regiment(44th) at the salamanca and the frogs have repatedly asked for it back and been told to get lost by the regiment and the mod
 
#18
About the US beating the British in i think 1814, which was when the campaign finally finished.

I think it was a the case that with Napoleon finally defeated, there was little or no need to keep on fighting the US, so it was decided that we would simply sign a cease fire settling on the borders pre 1812.

Another interesting point about this campaign is that Detroit was taken and occupied for a number of months. Why...
 
#20
balldrick said:
no french imperial eagle was captured at talavera someone has been watching sharpe to much the royal anglians eagle was capyured by the essex regiment(44th) at the salamanca and the frogs have repatedly asked for it back and been told to get lost by the regiment and the mod
FFS keep quiet! If Blair's tolerance and diversity managers hear about it it'll be back at Fontainebleu before you can say 'modernise'.
 

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