Discussion in 'Infantry' started by RTFQ, Nov 23, 2004.

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  1. RTFQ


    Some civvy clerk just asked me what the origins of the word fusiliers are. Can anyone help or shall I tell the chiselling git to wind his neck in and do some work?

    I'm guessing it's something to do with matchlock muskets and dipping hackles in blood but I'm not sure.
  2. The 'Fusil' (SP?) was a type of rifle. Hence 'Fusiliers'.
  3. I think you'll find that fusil is french for gun. Fusiliers is a french word in origin.
  4. Fusil means firearm or some such in French. ie FN FAL means Fusil Automatic Leger (light automatic rifle). Apparently, the original fusiliers used French firearms (unused, dropped only once!).
  5. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
    Apparently there was loads available in 1914 and again in 1940.
  6. The Fusil, is a type of musket, first used by the regiments now known as fusiliers, but later adopted by the whole army - an 18th centruy thang

  7. Fusiliers were an early form of specialised infantry used to guard artillery which used an early form of expensive flintlock musket as opposed to the more common matchlock during the ECW. They were considered to be elites for this dangerous task and so Fusilier came to be used as an honourific for elite infantry, even after all infantry were given flintlocks. Same idea as grenadier, light infantry, etc etc. given as honouring certain regiments after the original specialised role was obsolete.

    Obscure factoid: last regiment to be made into fusiliers in the British army were The Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers on 1st May 1963....
  8. its a term for good looking soldiers with above average wedding tackle :p
  9. RTFQ


    Thanks all. Told the civvy they were squaddies with feathers in their hats ("what like robin hood?" "Yes civvy, just like that") and told him to stop bothering me. The factoids were interesting though...
  10. Heretic!!!

    Folk have burned for less.

    As for blood on the top of the (senior) hackle? Why let the truth get in the way of a good story about dead Frenchies?
  11. Out of interest,anyone else come across that mad b*stard Staffordshire Bull in the PRI at Warminster?

    Anyone with a hackle will know what I mean.

    Ain't that the truth :D
  12. Those bastards stole my budgie as a kid :cry:
  13. Er.... no.
  14. Sorry to hear that BF.

    Mind you, every litter has it's runt :D
  15. My blokes were busy telling Iraqis that a white 'feather' meant they were gay and the red and white meant they weren't sure, last year.

    Anyway, fusilier comes from 'fusil', a dodgy experimental firelock musket that was introduced and swiftly binned when the flintlock was introduced in the mid 18th century.