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I'm surpised the painting survived being trampled by all those horses. A very brave man indeed.
Woman!

Beaten by BL! Will I ever live it down :)
 

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Grownup_Rafbrat said:
Cameraman must have had to move quickly.
Just a Frenchman going backwards.
The Tour de France has done it the same way ever since.
 
I'm surpised the painting survived being trampled by all those horses. A very brave man indeed.
A very brave lady and an actual lady, it was painted by Lady Elizabeth Butler.
 
I'm surpised the painting survived being trampled by all those horses. A very brave man indeed.
A very brave lady and an actual lady, it was painted by Lady Elizabeth Butler.
Wife of General Sir Francis Butler. She did a lot of military themed paintings- The one below is entitled Listed for the Connaught Rangers.



I thought she had also done the one about the Stirrup Charge but it was a bloke, named Stanley Berkley. The Stirrup Charge is a legend of Waterloo.

 
Wife of General Sir Francis Butler. She did a lot of military themed paintings- The one below is entitled Listed for the Connaught Rangers.



I thought she had also done the one about the Stirrup Charge but it was a bloke, named Stanley Berkley. The Stirrup Charge is a legend of Waterloo.

The Skyline in "Listed" seems familiar. Do you know is it an actual place @Gary Cooper ?

ETA Found some reading material. LINK

ETA a "Kerry glen" apparently.
 
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The Skyline in "Listed" seems familiar. Do you know is it an actual place @Gary Cooper ?

ETA Found some reading material. LINK

ETA a "Kerry glen" apparently.
Thanks for the link.

Lady Butler must have used the Kerry scenery she sketched on her honeymoon presumably, although the Devil's Own would have recruited in Mayo rather than Kerry.

The writer's military history is also somewhat dodgy as neither the Munsters nor the Dublins existed when the painting was done. Well, not as the Dublins or Munsters anyway but as various Indian European Fusilier Regiments.


 
Anniversary of the Battle of Dettingen today. Last time a British monarch took to the battlefield.
ETA: used to be a regimental holiday for QOH, so I am having a beer.
Yes, you are all shocked at this news, but it’s NAAFI Bar and I was given some beer earlier.
Do regiments still have a shindig on their respective holidays/battle honour days, or are these things all by the by?
 
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British forces including a Royal Naval Brigade and the Army were part of the Eight nation Alliance: Britain, the United States, Russia, British India, Germany, France, Austria-Hungary, Italy, and Japan during the Boxer Rebellion (anti-foreigner, anti-West uprising in China). On this day the Empress Dowager Cixi of the Manchu Yehenara clan and her family and court fled, while foreign troops moved through Peking to put down the Boxer (Chinese secret patriot society) rebellion targeting the Manchu dynasty in China and the influence of European powers within China. The British maintained the toughest and most vocal stance against the Boxers telling the totally inept Qing to take some action against the rebels or else they would.

The Qing dynasty (since 1644) was weakened by this Boxer Rebellion. After an uprising in 1911, the dynasty ended and China became a republic in 1912.
From David Beatty's mini-bio HERE :

Boxer Rebellion[edit]
Beatty was appointed executive officer of the small battleship HMS Barfleur, flagship of the China Station, on 20 April 1899.[22] The first year of his tour of duty was uneventful, but unrest against foreigners was growing in China. The Boxer movement was a secret Chinese peasant society committed to resisting oppression both from foreigners and from the Chinese government. The Empress Dowager Tzu-hsi partly encouraged the Boxer's opposition to foreigners in an attempt to turn their attention away from herself. The name was derived from ritual exercises supposed to make their users immune to bullets, which resembled boxing.[26]

In the summer of 1900 the rebellion reached Peking, where the German legation was attacked and foreign nationals withdrew to the relative safety of the Legation Quarter. Government troops joined forces with the rebels and the railway to the Treaty Port of Tientsin was interrupted. Admiral Sir Edward Seymour, then the Commander-in-Chief of the China Station, sent reinforcements to Peking, but they were insufficient to defend the Legation. An attempt was therefore made to send more troops from Tientsin, where British ships had been joined by French, German, Russian, American, Austrian, Italian and Japanese. The international naval brigade force of naval marines placed itself under the senior officer present, which was Seymour. After an urgent call for help from the Legation, Seymour set out on 10 June 1900 with 2,000 troops to attempt to break through to Peking in the Seymour Expedition. The force got about half way before abandoning the attempt because the railway line had been torn up. By now rebels had begun destroying the track behind the force, cutting it off from Tientsin.[27]

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On 11 June 1900, Beatty and 150 men from HMS Barfleur landed as part of a force of 2,400 defending Tientsin from 15,000 Chinese troops plus Boxers. On 16 June 1900 the Taku forts were bombarded and captured to ensure ships could still reach the port. Fierce fighting broke out throughout the foreign areas and railway station, and Beatty was injured.[22] He later took part in the successful relief of the naval brigade and was promoted to captain on 8 November 1900.[28] Beatty returned to Britain, where he required an operation to restore proper use of his left arm.[29]


Take a look around your town...if it has a strong Naval connection (Portsmouth,Chatham,Portland,Arbroath Plymouth,Rosyth) you might find the odd 'souvenir' from China dotted about.

Up until about 2012, the main municipal Park in Portsmouth had an ornate Chinese Temple Bell mounted on a plinth with a plaque proudly telling the world it commemorated the British action in China.

Chinese government bought it back a couple of years ago and paid for a resin copy to go in its place....
 

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Wife of General Sir Francis Butler. She did a lot of military themed paintings- The one below is entitled Listed for the Connaught Rangers.



I thought she had also done the one about the Stirrup Charge but it was a bloke, named Stanley Berkley. The Stirrup Charge is a legend of Waterloo.

 
13 July 1643
The Battle of Roundway Down, Devizes. English Civil War.

377 years ago today the Royalist cavalry under Lord Wilmot secured a notable victory against the Parliamentarians on the high ground just to the north of Devizes in Wiltshire. 'Long live the King!'

 
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On This Day in History: 17 July 1913

Today marks the 107th anniversary of the death of Maj Alexander Hewetson, 66th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Maj Hewetson was one of the pioneers of military aviation and died when his Bristol Coanda monoplane crashed on the Larkhill airfield during the rest for his aviators certificate.
A year almost exactly before and not far away, Capt E.B. Lorraine RE and Staff Sgt R.H.V. Wilson died in a crash near Stonehenge (7 July 1912). Airman’s Corner, or Cross, is named after them.
 

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64AD Great Fire of Rome begins under the Emperor Nero..

1925 Adolf Hitler publishes Mein Kampf (original title was the catchy "Four and a Half Years (of Struggle) Against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice")

1936 Spanish Civil War: General Francisco Franco issues manifesto and leads an uprising in the Spanish army stationed in Morocco.

2012 Kim Jong-un officially appointed Supreme Leader of North Korea and given the rank of Marshal in the Korean People's Army

2013 Detroit, Michigan, files for bankruptcy, becoming the largest US municipal bankruptcy ever at $18.5 billion
 

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