Saturday, 27 August 2016

The Battle of Minden 1759: The Miraculous Victory of the Seven Years War by Stuart Reid

The fighting in Europe during the Seven Years War hung in the balance. After initial successes the Austro-French forces had been driven back across the Rhine. With the opposing sides reinforcing their armies, the campaign of 1759 was going to prove decisive. Britain and her German allies met the French at Minden in Germany. Due to a misunderstanding of orders the British infantry actually attacked and dispersed the French cavalry. That action is still commemorated on 1 August each year with the wearing of roses by the infantry and artillery regiments whose predecessors picked flowers and put them in their coats as they passed through German gardens on the way to the battle. By contrast Lord Sackville, who commanded the British cavalry, was accused of ignoring orders to charge the retreating French which could have turned defeat into rout. He was court-martialled and cashiered. The victory at Minden was just one in a number of British successes that years against French forces and overseas territories across the globe. This led to 1759 being described by the British as the Annus Mirabilis the year of miracles.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

1689 Redcoats

G Embleton

Dunkeld 1689

Today's anniversary is this decisive battle of the late 17thc






Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Catton Hall, South Derbyshire.

This August Bank Holiday weekend, The Sealed Knot comes to Catton Hall for a spectacular weekend of historical reenactment and entertainment.
Let us take you back to the year of 1642 when our staunch Royalists are attacked by Parliament forces all in the name of democracy.  Cromwell has sacked the High Sherriff of Derbyshire due to his allegiance to Charles 1 and the power to rule is finely balanced.
Some fact, some fiction but an experience not to be missed as the roar of Cannons reverberates across the battlefield, Lord Generals deploy their troops and the mighty battle flows to and fro.
Who will win, who will lose, who will die, who will survive the answer to these questions can only be found at this Spectacular event by the largest re-enactment Society in Europe.

The battle alone is entertaining but to add to your enjoyment we have an ‘authentic’ Living History Camp where members of the Society will be demonstrating trades and crafts of the period and character actors will be making Cameo appearances.  The Kings Entourage is just one of these Cameo performances to keep you entertained.
We open at 11am both Sunday 28th and Monday 29th August with a full programme each day to entertain you along with a Beer Tent and other attractions.

The Newport Pagnell Civil War Weekend

The Newport Pagnell Civil War Weekend will take place over Bank Holiday August 28–29, 2016 and is a community event presented by a committee of local people and the English Civil War Society. Its aim is to bring to life the town’s significant role in the Civil War in an entertaining and educational way. The event has support and sponsorship from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Newport Pagnell Town Council, Milton Keynes Council, Bury Field Commoners Association, Milton Keynes Community Foundation, and many local companies and organisations.
Suitable for families, school parties, history buffs or just a fun day out… ‘armies’ of Roundheads and Cavaliers will recreate the Civil War at Newport Pagnell over Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday with cannons, cavalry, pike and musket – all the sounds and fury of battle, live commentary, spectators’ arena, ‘living history’ displays, market place, refreshments. Large crowds are expected; follow the signs.
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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Navarre in the WSS

 Of course Navarre were captured at Blenheim.
http://www.spanishsuccession.nl/armies/regiment_navarre
also Blenheim oob here

Fusilier Navarre


Wars of Louis Quatorze pinterest

Celebrate Blenheim by checking out my pinterest page on the period,