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Forum: European Armoury 8th October 2022, 09:56 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
It has been a bit confusing sorting through...

It has been a bit confusing sorting through accounts of the charge in quite a few books etc. as I wanted to understand just how many guns were the Light Brigade charging into. The numbers and...
Forum: European Armoury 7th October 2022, 08:29 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
The Reason Why

In writing this thread, I just wanted to express its purpose (paraphrasing words from Tennyson in his famed poem). I wanted to illustrate how much more vivid and dimensional the weaponry in...
Forum: European Armoury 7th October 2022, 08:05 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Heavy Brigade and swords

In previous post I was describing the sword disciplines of the British, but in one line it was suggested that the British swords were as 'blunt as the Russians swords'. In further reading, this does...
Forum: European Armoury 7th October 2022, 09:08 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
This is an great M1821 example, and interesting...

This is an great M1821 example, and interesting with the Osborn markings. According to Robson (1975) this would date pre-1844 so was well in use by the Crimean War. That pillbox hat is amazing! I...
Forum: European Armoury 7th October 2022, 08:59 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I had missed commenting on this Will, This is...

I had missed commenting on this Will,
This is amazing to see one of these with these markings! which certainly suggests one of the swords at Balaclava. The 4th Dragoon Guards were of course part of...
Forum: European Armoury 6th October 2022, 04:51 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you for these examples guys! It really adds...

Thank you for these examples guys! It really adds great perspective here to look into the types of weaponry used in this war, and for purposes here, in this battle.
During the Civil War there was...
Forum: European Armoury 5th October 2022, 04:29 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Guns and Glory

In the warfare in the times of the Crimean War (1853-56), the capture of cannons as trophies even more than their obvious importance as weapons to be reused in battle, was a well established...
Forum: European Armoury 5th October 2022, 06:16 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Will! excellent example, especially...

Thank you Will! excellent example, especially with regiment markings.
These heavy cavalry versions of the 1821 swords are one of the tougher patterns to find, as I recall when I was collecting...
Forum: European Armoury 4th October 2022, 06:03 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Robert and Will, thank you very much. After...

Robert and Will, thank you very much. After checking further in copies of "The British Cavalry Sword 1788-1912" (Richard Dellar, 2013) and "Swords of the British Army" (Brian Robson, 1985) I can...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd October 2022, 09:50 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Wayne! It does seem there was a...

Thank you Wayne! It does seem there was a variance in the equipment of the different units of course, though the M1821 light cavalry saber was prevalent (along with the M1822 for officers) both three...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd October 2022, 09:05 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Richard thank you for responding! and this is a...

Richard thank you for responding! and this is a great illustration of the allegory with this phrase, which is of course also Biblical. It most definitely brought forth the impact Tennyson intended...
Forum: European Armoury 30th September 2022, 10:20 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
The Charge

The fateful charge into the 'Valley of Death' resulted from an unfortunate misinterpretation of a written order from the commanding officer of the British cavalry which was carried to the ranking...
Forum: European Armoury 30th September 2022, 09:08 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Valley of the Shadow of Death

This epithet used by Lord Tennyson in his immortal poem of December 1854 evokes Psalm 23 and the phrase used by British soldiers in the Crimea telling of the 'Charge of the Light Brigade' October 25,...
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