Trafalgar Night

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by CarpeDiem, Oct 19, 2007.

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  1. To all my dark blue brethren and all whose regiments have served as marines,

    In advance of my ship's Trafalgar Night dinner this evening, I would ask you to join me in the toast 'The Immortal Memory of Nelson and Those Who Fell With Him'!

    Death to the French and damnation to the Don!

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  3. I'll lift a glass to this tonight CarpeDiem. Was recently on Mauritius and visited the model boat builders place there, unfortunately my Son was with me and I ended up taking away a model of HMS Victory for him, I've never seen such detail on model ships before, luckily they package it in such a way that you can carry it as hand luggage and thankfully it made it home undamaged... I never knew the Royal Navy was actually defeated in battle against the Froggies until I learned on Mauritius that we lost the Battle of Grand Port but in true British style landed 70,000 men later that year and took the Island from the Froggies with relative ease...

    No doubt you'll be drinking to a resounding rendition of "Heart of Oak" tonight fella 8) Enjoy!

    Edited to add... okay Carpe Diem- maybe you will make up for it tomorrow :wink:
  4. I'm teh fecking Duty Officer!
  5. I'll drink to the memory and achievements of England's victor.
  6. "A willing foe and sea room!"

    Sadly, I shall also be reflecting on our defeat at Yorktown.

    October 19:
    1781 : Defeat at Yorktown

    Hopelessly trapped at Yorktown, Virginia, British General Lord
    Cornwallis surrenders 8,000 British soldiers and seamen to a larger
    Franco-American force, effectively bringing an end to the American

    Lord Cornwallis was one of the most capable British generals of the
    American Revolution. In 1776, he drove General George Washington's
    Patriots forces out of New Jersey, and in 1780 he won a stunning
    victory over General Horatio Gates' Patriot army at Camden, South
    Carolina. Cornwallis' subsequent invasion of North Carolina was less
    successful, however, and in April 1781 he led his weary and battered
    troops toward the Virginia coast, where he could maintain seaborne
    lines of communication with the large British army of General Henry
    Clinton in New York City. After conducting a series of raids against
    towns and plantations in Virginia, Cornwallis settled in the tidewater
    town of Yorktown in August. The British immediately began fortifying
    the town and the adjacent promontory of Gloucester Point across the
    York River.

    General George Washington instructed the Marquis de Lafayette, who was
    in Virginia with an American army of around 5,000 men, to block
    Cornwallis' escape from Yorktown by land. In the meantime,
    Washington's 2,500 troops in New York were joined by a French army of
    4,000 men under the Count de Rochambeau. Washington and Rochambeau
    made plans to attack Cornwallis with the assistance of a large French
    fleet under the Count de Grasse, and on August 21 they crossed the
    Hudson River to march south to Yorktown. Covering 200 miles in 15
    days, the allied force reached the head of Chesapeake Bay in early

    Meanwhile, a British fleet under Admiral Thomas Graves failed to break
    French naval superiority at the Battle of Virginia Capes on September
    5, denying Cornwallis his expected reinforcements. Beginning September
    14, de Grasse transported Washington and Rochambeau's men down the
    Chesapeake to Virginia, where they joined Lafayette and completed the
    encirclement of Yorktown on September 28. De Grasse landed another
    3,000 French troops carried by his fleet. During the first two weeks
    of October, the 14,000 Franco-American troops gradually overcame the
    fortified British positions with the aid of de Grasse's warships. A
    large British fleet carrying 7,000 men set out to rescue Cornwallis,
    but it was too late.

    On October 19, General Cornwallis surrendered 7,087 officers and men,
    900 seamen, 144 cannons, 15 galleys, a frigate, and 30 transport
    ships. Pleading illness, he did not attend the surrender ceremony, but
    his second-in-command, General Charles O'Hara, carried Cornwallis'
    sword to the American and French commanders. As the British and
    Hessian troops marched out to surrender, the British bands played the
    song "The World Turned Upside Down."

    Although the war persisted on the high seas and in other theaters, the
    Patriot victory at Yorktown effectively ended fighting in the American
    colonies. Peace negotiations began in 1782, and on September 3, 1783,
    the Treaty of Paris was signed, formally recognizing the United States
    as a free and independent nation after eight years of war.

  7. Having just done a little bit of research, it seems that October is not a lucky month for the garlic chewing surrender monkeys. Not only did they get whipped at Trafalgar, but on the 25th in 1415 they got slaughtered at Agincourt! I shall be celebrating, again.
  8. They also lost the battle of Leipzig on 13 Oct, not to mention to England again... ooo last week in the rugby!
  9. H Norman Schwarzkof
    'Going to war without the French is like going deer hunting without your accordion'. Presumably the rest of the quote goes 'Unless they are the enemy'.
  10. And then there was our Army's most embarrassing battle ever at New Orleans in 1815! in bizarrely what was called the War of 1812...
  11. Despite the fact that we had already won the war by the time New Orleans was fought!
  12. And burning down the Whitehouse along the way :wink:

    Think it would have been a different story had we not been at War with the garlic munchers and been busy defeating the froggies at Waterloo in the same year...
  13. In both directions, actually, as we'd have had the Peninsula veterens in the Army for Waterloo, or a better field commander and proper resources for New Orleans.