Salamanca Day

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by brewmeister, Jul 22, 2009.

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  1. To all fellow Riflemen wherever you may be. Happy Salamanca Day.

    Swift and Bold

    And to all ex Devon and Dorsets: Semper Fidelis the Bloody 11th!
  2. How can you mention Salamanca Day and forget the 44th of Foot.

    The 2nd Battalion 44th (East Essex) Regiment won great glory for itself at the Battle of Salamanca in 1812 when it captured the Eagle, the equivalent of a British Regiment's Colours, of the French 62nd Regiment. The Eagle was carried on parade by the Essex Regiment, a tradition inherited by the 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment and now the 1st Battalion. The Eagle displayed in the Regimental Museum is a replica. The original is in the Essex Regimental Museum in Chelmsford.

    All the Fours!
  3. Eagle? Eagle? Is that all? My lot rode in and massacred the frog's band, capturing the band master's staff in the process. The 'Salamanca Staff' is carried on parade behind the CO on parade in honour of this heroic event... :wink:

    Seriously though, have a good day!!!...


    Quis Separabit

    Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum
  4. ..........................................

    You too mate, I think that the capture of your bandmasters staff quite excellent, the bandsmen would have fought hard for, just as the kilers we currently train at Kneller Hall!

    Lt Pearce and his scouting party found and ambushed the Standard Party of the French 62nd Regt, killing them all and capturing the French Regimental Eagle.

    It remains in our Regimental museum on public display and is carried by our First Battalion on Parade. R Anglians all wear the Eagle Patch on their left shoulder as a tribute.

    The French gubbermint regularly ask for its' return - its going nowhere!!

    Have a great day.. All the 4444444444444444444444444444444s!!