Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by rockape623, Jan 13, 2010.
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The only survivor from 4,500 men....now that is nails!!!
That's bollicks. Everybody knows that Harry Paget Flashman 11H survived the retreat from Kabul.
Its Isandlwana on the 22nd and Rorke's Drift on the 23rd
Time to dig out the copy of the ZULU dvd (not hard to find as it's my most watched film!)
Must be a Medic thing.
All in a day's work.
And Brigadier General Sir Harry Paget Flashman VC survived those ones too
I thought a lieutenant in the 44th survived to be ransomed after he wrapped the Queen's Colour round his waist for safety and the Afgans thought he was rich due to his very flash 'waistcoat'.
But there were also survivours from the native regiments IIRC.
Don't know about the lieutenant, but a few groups of Indian troops straggled in after Brydon and, though technically not part of the main retreat, a few Brits who had been held hostage with the ill-fated McNaghten were released and had to walk out via the same route about a month later. One of them was a Napier, IIRC.
But we shouldn't let facts get in the way of a good painting, eh.
So the fact is that he stood outside the gates for a month so that they could all go in together or did the painting just depict the moment when he was at the gates?
But we shouldn't let logic get in the way of a good slagging, eh.
Lt. Souter of the 44th Foot. A few Sepoys filtered into Jellalabad, but they tended to be illiterate peasant lads and their stories don't seem to have been written down. It would have made quite a tale, I'll bet.
IIRC, most of the British hostages (women and children, including the fearsome Lady Sale) were also released the following year.
BTW, Sir Harry did not fight with the 44th at Gandamak, but did witness them being overwhelmed.
Yes but they weren't British and therefore of trivial importance. Just like when an airliner goes down "but there were no British passengers".
God bless the King-Emperor!
Oy you stop p1ssing about with a bugle and get that water up here, imshi jao!
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