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17/05/2020

Carlisle-born poet's comment on War in North America."
At the Mohawk-Castle, Canada" by Thomas Morris, born Carlisle 1732, served in the 17th Foot alongside the 55th. More research needed. Rick Seidemann Mark Tully? 55th Regt., Compy. of Light Infantry (1759-1764) 55th Regiment of Foot Rebecca Henrys

Ease is the pray’r of him who, in a whaleboat
Crossing Lake Champlain, by a storm’s o’ertaken:
Not struck his blanket, not a friendly island
Near to receive him.

Ease is the wish too of the sly Canadian;
Ease the delight of bloody Caghnawagas;
Ease, Richard, ease, not to be bought with wampum,
Nor paper money.

Nor colonel’s pay, nor yet a dapper sergeant,
Orderly waiting with recovered halberd,
Can chase the crowd of troubles still surrounding
Laced regimentals.

16/05/2020

Great to see Fraser’s ‘Quartered Safe Out Here’ in The Times list of WWII in ten books.

Ho ho.
16/05/2020

Ho ho.

A follow up to the video clip of the Royal Review is the story of the official photo, when The Queen got tangled with the Captain's armour as she took her seat. She was much amused and the press noticed. So did the Duke of Edinburgh, who made one of his classic remarks: "Captain - take your hands off my wife!"

16/05/2020
Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution

Do you find yourself baking a lot more than usual? Don't worry, you're not alone. Take a break from Googling how to feed your sourdough starter, and trust us, there's always time to make another batch of cinnamon rolls. Test out your 18th-century baking skills with gingerbread!

Museum Gallery Interpretation Manager Tyler Putman demonstrates how to make an 18th-century gingerbread recipe, adapted from Hannah Glasse’s 1774 The Art of Cookery, in our latest Living History at Home cooking demonstration (recipe included!): bit.ly/3buMddp

11/05/2020
Happy

Happy

From Despicable Me 2 we present HAPPY by Pharrell Williams, arranged by Michael Brown. Released on Monday 11 May 2020. Accomplished by our band members, our ...

The Lion & the Dragon's cover photo
11/05/2020

The Lion & the Dragon's cover photo

Border Regiment Great War Living History
10/05/2020

Border Regiment Great War Living History

To all the mums,
Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at the Border Regiment.

The Boston Garrison
10/05/2020

The Boston Garrison

Happy Mother's Day!

Here are a few selected entries written by Frederika Charlotte Riedesel in 1777 during the Saratoga campaign. Frederika was the wife of Major-General Friedrich Riedesel, Baron of Eisenbach and commander of German troops from the duchy of Brunswick hired by the British to fight the rebellious colonies. In May 1776, accompanied by her four-year, two-year and ten-month-old daughters, the Baroness left Brunswick for England and then Quebec to join her husband. Frederika wrote about Burgoyne’s small tactical victory at the Battle of Freeman’s Farm in September and his retreat at the Battle of Bemis Heights on October 7

"The greatest misery and extreme disorder prevailed in the army. The commissary had forgotten to distribute the food supplies among the troops … more than thirty officers came to me because they could stand the hunger no longer.

My children lay on the floor with their heads in my lap. And thus we spent the whole night. The horrible smell in the cellar, the weeping of the children, and, even worse, my own fear prevented me from closing my eyes.

Eleven cannon balls flew through the house, and we could distinctly hear them rolling about over our heads. One of the poor soldiers who lay on the table, and was just about to have his leg amputated, had the other leg shot off by one of these balls … I was more dead than alive …

I tried to divert my mind by busying myself with our wounded. I made tea and coffee for them, for which I received a thousand blessings.

On October 17 the capitulation went into effect … while driving through the American camp I was comforted to notice that nobody glanced at us insultingly, that they all bowed to me, and some of them even looked with pity to see a woman with small children there."

09/05/2020
The Beehive Swindon

The Beehive Swindon

Well done to Paul Marks for learning this in the space of one morning. Bravo sir!!

Our VE Day memorial. Last Post at the start of our distanced street party in Swindon.
09/05/2020

Our VE Day memorial. Last Post at the start of our distanced street party in Swindon.

09/05/2020
Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP

My local MP in very sunny Swindon.

Joining in the Nationwide VE Day singalong at 9pm: We'll Meet Again.

1 Border took part.
09/05/2020

1 Border took part.

Today’s the Day: Op Doomsday, Norway, 9th May 1945. Despite the celebrations of VE Day just the day before, and due to the chaos of the fluid situation of the German defeat, 1st Airborne Division launched a mission to help liberate Norway.

Advance parties flew into Norway on 9th May 1945. Their task was to maintain law and order, secure airfields, prevent sabotage and oversee the German surrender. This was potentially a dangerous assignment as 6,000 airborne troops were being called upon to disarm and control 350,000 German soldiers.

The Division assisted in the recovery of prisoners of war, apprehended war criminals, allocated German units to staging reservations and employed them to disarm their own minefields.

Air accidents occurred resulting in the deaths of one officer and 33 men, the AOC 38 Group RAF was killed with six others killed and seven missing.

1st Airborne Division retained control until the arrival of HQ Allied Land Forces in Norway as well as conducting the welcoming ceremony for the return of the King of Norway from exile.

The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment
08/05/2020

The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment

Today, on the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, we salute and remember those who took part.

Breakout and toward Germany.
Following a rapid advance across France and Belgium the Allies attempted to force a series of river crossings in Holland and 1st (AIRBORNE) Battalion, the Border Regiment, in its glider role, shared in the famous Market Garden operation at Arnhem, holding the Airborne perimeter around Oosterbeek until ordered to withdraw, while the East Lancashires carried out an assault crossing of the Albert Canal.
The East Lancashires took part in subsequent operations to widen the Market Garden corridor and played important parts in the capture of s’Hertogenbosch, Overloon and Venraij, while 7th Manchesters took part in operations to capture the Scheldt estuary islands of Walcheren and South Beveland. The East Lancashires were then rushed south to counter the German offensive in the Ardennes where they fought costly but successful winter battles at Grimbiemont and Bure.

Into Germany 1945.
The Regiment was involved in bitter fighting to clear the west bank of the Rhine, particularly in the Reichswald and Hochwald and at Weeze before crossing the river and advancing across the North German Plain to capture Hamburg and Bremen. In the course of this advance there were a number of stiff fights, notably at Ibbenburen and at the crossing of the Aller and other water obstacles. 5th King’s also played an important, and unusual, part in the closing stages of the campaign, providing the main component of T Force, which was tasked to secure ‘special intelligence’ targets and took the surrender of part of the German Navy.
For their contributions to the liberation in North West Europe our predecessors were awarded 28 battle honours.

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment: Lancashire Infantry Museum
Cumbria's Museum of Military Life
#VE75 #VEDay75 #LionsOfEngland #ThisIsYourVictory

08/05/2020
HM Armed Forces

HM Armed Forces

👏Armed Forces personnel from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force #Clapforourcarers!

#InThisTogether

Great printers. Recommend them 100%.
07/05/2020

Great printers. Recommend them 100%.

05/05/2020

The 34th Foot had warm grey/beige facings in Spain in 1706, but yellow facings in 1742, and kept them from then on. The Colonel from 1738-1742 was the Duke of Devonshire and his racing colours were 'straw'. Until 1742 Colonels could change the facings and other details as they saw fit, so does this explain the yellow? If so what other colours did the 34th wear? Matt Zembo

PPE being unloaded by army teams at Cardiff Airport.
29/04/2020

PPE being unloaded by army teams at Cardiff Airport.

Some light relief. Just found this picture in the Museum's digital collection. Intriguingly captioned '571 aden'
28/04/2020

Some light relief. Just found this picture in the Museum's digital collection. Intriguingly captioned '571 aden'

25/04/2020

Working on a column of extracts from the original ‘The Lion & the Dragon’ fascinating insight into the ads of 1966 and 1976 before I start on Regimental topics.

The Band of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (Volunteers)
24/04/2020

The Band of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (Volunteers)

Virtual Army Reserve Musical Auditions

Yesterday four of our potential recruits, pictured below, auditioned to become a musician in the Army Reserves. During lockdown this was achieved via a video linking app from the comfort of the auditionees own homes and the examiners Captain (DoM) Wheeler and Bandmaster (BM) CSgt Brown from The British Army Band Catterick.

Adapt and overcome to achieve was clearly at the forefront of the plan to make this happen. A massive thank you to Captain Wheeler, CSgt Brown and Cpl Dawson for making this happen.

We hope that Abigail (Flute), Helen (Alto Sax), Joanna (French Horn) and Tom (French Horn) are successful.

The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment
24/04/2020

The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment

Capt Kev Pyper, Capt Josh Sanders and Maj Andy Miller met early this morning to exchange roses for St George’s Day, remaining 2m apart at all times.

They are all employed as part of the COVID-19 Op RESCRIPT efforts in London supporting the UK's fight against coronavirus.

Capt Pyper works at 101 Log Bde and is embedded with #NHS England supporting PPE distribution.
Capt Sanders works at 102 Log Bde and is embedded at DHSC supporting testing.
Maj Miller works at HQ London District which becomes Joint Military Command London during UK Operations.
#StGeorgesDay #LionsOfEngland #LionsInLondon #LancsInLondon #InThisTogether
#Coronavirus #ProtectTheNHS

(L-R) Capt Kev Pyper, Capt Josh Sanders and Maj Andy Miller

Army assisting in Cornavirus testing.
22/04/2020

Army assisting in Cornavirus testing.

AFC Fylde Community Foundation
22/04/2020

AFC Fylde Community Foundation

Calling all Fylde Coast veterans ! 🚨

This Friday, we will be running our popular Veteran's Cafe live through Zoom Video Communications!

If you require any additional information please contact Lee Geraghty ➡️ [email protected]

https://www.forces.net/military-life/music/heroic-nhs-staff-applauded-musical-tribute-former-soldiers?utm_source=Forces+...
17/04/2020
Heroic NHS Staff Applauded In Musical Tribute By Former Soldiers

https://www.forces.net/military-life/music/heroic-nhs-staff-applauded-musical-tribute-former-soldiers?utm_source=Forces+Newsletter&utm_campaign=f507146edb-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_16_06_32&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_25712c5f6f-f507146edb-441041257 KORBR Old army picsKings Own Royal Border Regt - Drums PlatoonKING'S OWN ROYAL BORDER REGIMENT34th Regiment of Foot55th Regiment of Foot

Stars including Sir Cliff Richard and rockers Suzi Quattro and Ricky Wilson are backing the song

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Some Regimental History From the 34th Regiment of Foot in North America.