Battle of New Orleans Day is 8th January (1815) - We don't tend to remember it because the English were completely decimated by a ramshackle collection of Yanks, Pirates and freed slaves!
General Pakenham was commanding the Brits and was killed. Once again the common soldiers were brave and steadfast but were led by plonkers. Pakenham forgot the famous '7 Ps', and failed to ensure the scaling ladders, needed to breach the ramparts, were got forward for use! So the boys just stood in the open and were mown down. Jackson, leading the Yanks, became a national hero and was later President.
The war cemetry is sadly flooded at the moment with toxic waste - see today's Daily Telegraph page 15 'Troops patrol British war graves of 1815'
14 and 15 of Foot celebrate Quebec day Thatâs the soon to be doomed Prince of Walesâs own regiment Of Yorkshire. Remembered in many ways, included the black cain used by SNCO'S to remember the death of General Wolfe and some stuff on officers garb