Tuesday 26 May 2020

Cromwellian Conversations 6: The Civil Wars on Film & TV

There have been a number of films and television dramas set against the background of the English Civil War, but are any of them historically accurate? Cromwell Museum Curator Stuart Orme looks at some of the best known and most interesting films and TV dramas set in this tumultuous period of history.

Monday 25 May 2020

Lace Wars 1996 filming 'the Bayonet' by Mark Robinson

 He says 'Filming of the BBC Documentary "The Bayonet" in June 1996 (Battle of Culloden 1745 Era) with Lace Wars Members of 42nd Black Watch Highlanders (complete with the infamous wigs !! ), 13th Pulteneys , and Highlanders, some also with wigs !! 😀😀'

British Grenadiers

David Morier (1705?-70) - Grenadiers, 22nd and 24th Regiments of Foot, and 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers, 1751
Zoomable image here
See a modern reconstruction of the 23rd uniform here

Sunday 24 May 2020

It doesn't seem like a Bank holiday

Feeling sorry for English Civil War reenactors. The weather would have been perfect for a muster and they have to sit on their hands at home. The picture I think is by Richard Hook and it depicts Royalist shot.

more War of Austrian Succession grenadiers

DAVID MORIER (1705?-70)

Grenadiers, Hungarian Infantry Regiments 'Haller', 'Bethlen' and an Unidentified Infantry Regiment. c. 1747-55

Saturday 23 May 2020

Ramillies 1706

Today's anniversary is this famous battle in the WSS. Wiki
Apparently 2021 will see a reenactment of Ramillies for its 315th. Last time it was done was 2006. Below are the Dutch Blue Guards by Phil Thomason photography.

Photos of the 2006 reenactment of Ramillies by Phil Thomason here

Friday 22 May 2020

Swiss in Dutch Service

Grenadiers, Infantry Regiments "Hirzel', 'Constant'(?) and 'Stuerler'(?). c. 1748
For books on the Dutch army in the War of Austrian Succession and later then these two books will fit the bill.

Thursday 21 May 2020

Saxons in the War of Austrian Succession

This might be a fun army to do. Crann Tara do Saxons, Just saying. This book would be something to get.

The French army of the War of Austrian Succession

Anybody read this? Can't find any reviews. It's a little expensive to speculate on.
The French Army of the War of the Austrian Succession 1740-1748
Volume 1: Organisation, Uniforms & Equipment
David A. Wilson
ISBN: 1-85818-684-9
300 pages, well illustrated
234mm x 156mm
£45.00 GBP

The object of this work is to give simple, accurate information for the French army during the War of the Austrian Succession, and as such, it is relevant to that time frame. The uniforms, the cut of which was basically same more or less from the late 1720s till after the Seven Years War (except for the addition of lapels to infantry uniforms in the late 1750s), took a more austere appearance following the clothing regulations of 1730s, which reflected both moral ideals against ostentation with just a little bit of economy, the heavy embroidery on the officers' coats, the colored waistcoats and breeches disappeared, except in the foreign units, but there again the regulations were never completely respected.

Dettingen 1743 Miracle on the Main

Forthcoming Osprey. See more about it here

Wednesday 20 May 2020

Tuesday 19 May 2020

Strelets-r French musketeers on the march (WSS)

These figures have matchlocks. Read PSR's review here

Rocroi 1643

Rocroi, el último tercio, by Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau (2011)
Today's anniversary. Wiki

Sunday 17 May 2020

Wilhelm Dietrich von Buddenbrock

Commander of the Prussian cavalry at Chotusitz. Had an illustrious career starting as a cornet at 18 at the battle of Fleurus (1690) and fighting in most battles of the WSS . Wiki. Painting shows him 1710-20.

Battle of Chotusitz

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Fighting for Liberty

 Steve Carter's eagerly-anticipated book on the events of 1685 is due to be released in late June. Promises to break new ground by including Argyll's campaign and new perspectives on the battle of Sedgemoor are expected. Read the blurb and register interest here.
  Due to current restrictions the launch will be somewhat muted but Steve's got a live internet broadcast on the 5th of July. Should be worth tuning in for.

Monday 11 May 2020

La Marche du Maréchal de Saxe

Composée par Rameau.

Motivation in War

Discussing this on my Seven Years War forum and the consensus is that it is worth reading.. Read a review here

Fontenoy 1745

Today's anniversary - the 275th. Wiki
This forthcoming book looks good if you have an interest in the WAS. Oob for Fontenoy

Saturday 9 May 2020

Luckner and his early days

Nikolaus Luckner as Hanoverian Lieutenant-General in 1761.

Luckner had an interesting life. From humble origins he raised himself to Marshal of France eventually guillotined. But his early career in the SYW is the main interest here. Bavarian, Dutch, Hanoverian before France in 1763.
Luckner's Hussars at Kronoskaf

Friday 8 May 2020

Battle Scene from the Seven Years' war

 Second Half of the 18th cen.. Creator: Anonymous
Bit of an enigma this. Any theories as to what it depicts?

Armies of the 17th - 18th century (Soldiers of Igor Vorobyev)

Go here to see more. These are great. Don't be put off by the Russian text most have English text on them.

238 WSS British Cavalry: New from Strelets-r in 1/72

Wednesday 6 May 2020

Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin on horseback - Antoine Pesne

Of course at Prague Von Schwerin was killed. He had a long and interesting career fighting at Blenheim, the Schellenburg, Ramillies and Malplaquet as well as Gadebusch and was in the camp with Charles XII at Bender. Read about him here.

Battle of Prague 1757

Today's anniversary - wiki

Officer with spontoon

by Hugh Barron details here

Tuesday 5 May 2020

Getaways - Kings Army

Thanks to Andy for finding this. Part 2 of “The Getaways” from about 1979, a documentary filmed at Braemar House near Salisbury. Part 1 isn't up so if anyone has it?

Saturday 2 May 2020