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    The Scots Greys - 2nd Royal North British Dragoons. They were the only British Heavy Cavalry Regiment to wear a bearskin at Waterloo. This bearskin has been recreated from pictures painted by artists of the day because no known examples have survived. The charge of the Scots Greys at Waterloo was described as the greatest thunderbolt ever launched by British Cavalry.
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    The Cavalry are marching though the winter...

    Heading for the transports, so as to join their cousins in the upcoming battles against Russia
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    Inspired by Prussian designs of the time, this model of Dragoon pistol was common amongst Britain's mounted troops throughout the 18th Century. When a Light Dragoon pistol was developed in the 1760s, this pistol was relegated to the Heavy Dragoons. However prior to this it likely would have been in stores at the opening of the American Revolution and likely saw use on both sides during the conflict.

    However the true claim to fame of this elegant pistol came prior to this. During the War of the Austrian Succession (King George's War), British Dragoon regiments such as the Royal Dragoons, King's Dragoons, and Royal Scots Greys saw service in at the Battles of Dettingen and Fontenoy. At the victory at Dettingen, the Dragoons are noted as firing a volley from their pistols to check a charge by French cavalry. The defeat at Roucoux in 1746 and at Lauffeld in 1747 could have turned into disasters if it were not for the heroic actions of the British cavalry which held off the French while the army retreated.
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    Cavalry Regiments
    Regiment
    Nickname
    First Used
    Reason for Nickname

    Household Cavalry
    Unfortunate Gentlemen
    Unknown
    Unknown

    The Life Guards
    The Cheeses
    1788
    After a reduction in social qualifications for recruiting officers, the members of the regiment declared that they were 'no longer gentlemen but cheesemongers' ie 'tradesmen'


    The Cheesemongers
    1815
    Same as above


    The Piccadilly Butchers
    1810
    Were used to quell the Burdett riots during which one rioter was killed


    Roast and Boil
    Peninsula
    Because they were part of the Guard & thought to be better fed than the Line

    Royal Horse Guards
    The Blues
    1660
    Color of uniform

    1st Dragoon Guards
    The Trades Union
    1800s
    Used to quell trade riots


    The Royals
    1800s
    Regimental Name

    2nd Dragoon Guards
    The Bays
    1600s/1700s
    Color of Horses


    Rusty Buckles
    1700s
    Because of a less than spectacular parade in Ireland

    3rd Dragoon Guards
    The Old Canaries
    1600s/1700s
    Color of facings

    4th Dragoon Guards
    The Blue Horse
    1746
    Color of facings

    5th Dragoon Guards
    The Green Horse
    1700s
    Color of facings


    The Green Dragoons
    1700s
    Color of facings


    The Old Farmers
    1700s/1800s
    Due to 80 years spent in Ireland

    7th Dragoon Guards
    The Black Horse
    1700s
    Color of facings


    The Virgin Mary's Bodyguard
    1700s/1800s
    Sent by George II to assist Maria Theresa, of Austria.

    1st Dragoons
    The Bird Catchers
    1815
    Captured an Eagle at Waterloo

    2nd Dragoons
    The Greys
    1700s/1800s
    Color of uniforms when first raised. Also color of horses.


    The Bird Catchers
    1815
    Captured an Eagle at Waterloo

    6th Dragoons
    The Old Inniskillings
    1750s
    Regimental Badge had Inniskilling Castle on it.


    The Skillingers
    1700s/1800s
    Slang for Inniskilling


    The Inniskillings
    Peninsula
    From Badge

    7th Hussars
    The Saucy Seventh
    1809
    Because of high uniform standards

    11th Light Dragoons
    The Cherry Pickers
    1811
    Detachment captured by French whilst picking cherries and had to fight dismounted

    12th Light Dragoons
    The Supple Twelfth
    1812
    Because of high standards of training that led to their superb performance at Salamanca

    13th Light Dragoons
    The Lily-Whites
    1784
    Due to white stripe on overalls.


    The Ragged Brigade
    Peninsula
    Due to worn out equipment and clothing

    14th Light Dragoons
    Hawks
    1812
    Eagle on shako plate resembled a hawk


    The Emperor's Chambermaids
    1813
    Captured King Joseph's chamberpot at Vitoria

    15th Light Dragoons/Hussars
    Eliott's Light Horse
    1759
    Reference to George Augustus Eliott, Lord Heathfield who raised them to help quell a strike by journeymen tailors - see next nickname.


    The Tabs
    1759
    Reference to number recruits who joined the regiment when it was raised who were formerly journeymen tailors by trade; a Tab was a nickname for a journeyman (one who was employed by another) tailor and a reference to the small piece of cloth that the tailor used to incorporate into clothing to identify his work.

    17th Light Dragoons
    The Horse Marines
    1795
    Because a detachment served on the HMS Hermione

    18th Light Dragoons
    Drogheda Light Horse
    1759
    Originally from Ireland

    Light Dragoons
    Young Eyes
    Peninsula
    Given to them by Foot Guards



    Infantry Regiments
    Regiment
    Nickname
    First Used
    Reason for Nickname

    Foot Guards
    Old Eyes
    Peninsula
    Given to them by Light Dragoons

    1st Foot Guards
    The Tow-Rows
    Unknown
    From the regimental march


    The Coalers
    1600s
    The regiment's officers once hired the men out to 'heave' coal to raise money to refurbish the officers' mess at St James' Palace.

    2nd (Coldstream) Foot Guards
    Coldstreamers
    1600s
    Recruited from Coldstream, Scotland

    1st Foot
    Pontius Pilate's Bodyguards
    1630s
    It is the oldest regiment in the British army. Originally Régiment de Douglas; when in French service, the story goes that at a regimental 'function', to which officers of the Régiment Picardy had been invited, a dispute arose concerning which regiment was the oldest. An officer from the Régiment Picardy claimed that his regiment was the oldest in any army, anywhere, and that the Régiment Picardy had been on duty on the night following the Crucifixion. He then promptly passed out. An officer of the Douglas' replied that the Picardies must have been asleep at their posts, and that if the Régiment de Douglas had been on duty Christ would not have been crucified. Now, the flawed logic of this will not have escaped you, since on the night following the Crucifixion the deed was already done and, as a result they received the nickname.

    2nd Foot
    Kirke's Lamb
    1682
    Regimental badge is the Paschal Lamb and they were commanded by a Colonel Kirke

    3rd Foot
    The Buffs
    1700s/1800s
    Because of their facing color


    The Resurrectionists
    1810
    Because of the large number of wounded men and those who escaped from the French who returned after Albuera


    Resurrection Men
    1810
    Same as above

    4th Foot
    The Lions
    1685
    Regimental badge had a lion

    5th Foot
    The Fighting Fifth
    Peninsula
    Wellington's comment "The ever fighting, often tried, but never failing fifth."


    Wellington's Bodyguard
    Peninsula
    Often served as the Army HQ guard


    The Old and Bold
    c1808
    Because of service at Rolica

    6th Foot
    Saucy 6th
    1790s
    Because of high recruiting standards

    7th Foot
    The Elegant Extracts
    1685
    When the regiment was raised, the officers came from many different regiments

    8th Foot
    The Leather Hats
    c1780
    Used civilian hats during American War of Independence

    9th Foot
    The Fighting Ninth
    c1808
    Unknown


    The Holy Boys
    Peninsula
    Spanish thought the figure of Britannia on their shako plate was the Virgin Mary

    10th Foot
    The Yellow Bellies
    1700s/1800s
    After the Yellow Belly frog that lives in the Lincolnshire Fens


    The Springers
    1776
    Was used as light infantry during the American War of Independence

    11th Foot
    Bloody Eleventh
    1812
    Due to heavy casualties at Salamanca (340 of 412)

    12th Foot
    The Old Twelfth
    1700s
    Number of Regiment


    The Old Dozen
    1700s
    Number of Regiment

    14th Foot
    Calvert's Entire
    c1806
    Colonel was Sir Harry Calvert and had three battalions from 1806 to 1824

    15th Foot
    The Snappers
    1777
    At the Battle of Brandywine the regiment ran short of ball which was distributed to the best shots, whilst the remainder 'snapped' powder charges only.

    16th Foot
    The Old Bucks
    1700s/1800s
    From Buckinghamshire and senior to the 85th Regiment

    17th Foot
    The Tigers
    c1804
    For service in India; its regimental badge was the Bengal Tiger.

    18th Foot
    Paddy's Blackguards
    1684
    Was an Irish Regiment


    The Namurs
    1695
    For service at Namur

    19th Foot
    The Green Howards
    1740
    Because of facing color and their colonel was named Howard

    20th Foot
    Kingsley's Stand
    1759
    Having been stood-down by the Duke of Brunswick and placed in reserve due to casualties after Minden, Major General Kingsley, also Colonel of the regiment, declined to obey the order with the words "Kingsley's Regiment, at its own request will resume its portion of duty in the line."


    The Two Tens
    1700s/1800s
    Because their regimental number was always shown in Roman numerals thus XX


    The Minden Boys
    1700s/1800s
    Service at Minden

    21st Foot
    Grey Breeks
    1600s/1700s
    When first raised, wore grey trousers

    22nd Foot
    The Red Knights
    1795
    Uniform was entirely red: coat, waistcoat and trousers


    The Two Twos
    1800s
    Because of regimental number

    23rd Foot
    Nanny Goats
    1800s
    Mascot was a goat


    Royal Goats
    1800s
    Mascot was a goat

    24th Foot
    Howard's Greens
    1737
    To prevent confusion with 19th Foot, who also had green facings and a colonel called Howard

    27th Foot
    The Skins
    c1800
    Corruption of Inniskilling, from where they were recruited

    28th Foot
    The Slashers
    1775
    At the Battle of White Plains, the regiment had to leave its muskets behind to climb a cliff and drove the rebels from their positions with their short swords. Alternatively, soldiers of 28th are alleged to have cut off the ear of an anti-British magistrate in Montreal in 1764.


    The Silver Tailed Dandies
    Peninsula
    Officers' coat-tails were apparently longer than regulation and had ornate silver decorations on them

    29th Foot
    The Firms
    Peninsula
    For standing Firm at Albuera

    30th Foot
    The Three Tens
    1700s/1800s
    Because of regimental number

    31st Foot
    The Young Buffs
    c1760
    Because of facing color they were mistaken by George II for 3rd Foot who greeted them with "Bravo Buffs" at Dettingen. On being told that they were not the 'Old Buffs' but the 31st Foot, he replied "then bravo Young Buffs."

    33rd Foot
    Havercake Lads
    1700s/1800s
    Corruption of 'have a cake lad'. Recruiting sergeants using the promise of oatcake to tempt recruits (apparently a great delicacy for those whose diet was somewhat limited)

    34th Foot
    Cumberland Gentlemen
    Peninsula
    Large officers from Cumberland

    35th Foot
    Prince of Orange's Own
    1700s/1800s
    William III (of Orange) gave them their orange regimental distinctives

    36th Foot
    The Grasshoppers
    1700s/1800s
    Facing color was grass green

    39th Foot
    The Green Linnets
    1700s
    Possibly because of facing color

    40th Foot
    Fighting Fortieth
    1700
    Unknown


    The Exellers
    1700s/1800s
    The regimental number in Roman numerals was XL

    41st Foot
    The Invalids
    1787
    Was originally raised as an invalid regiment

    42nd Foot
    The Forty-twa
    1700s/1800s
    Because of regimental number

    44th Foot
    Little Fighting Fours
    Peninsula
    Because the regiment had a large number of short men

    45th Foot
    Old Stubborns
    c1809
    Because of service at Talavera

    46th Foot
    The Red Feathers
    1777
    At Brandywine Creek, the regiment's light company defeated a group of rebels who swore revenge. In order that they not be confused with another regiment the 46th stained their plumes red

    47th Foot
    The Cauliflowers
    c1740
    White facings


    Wolfe's Own
    1700s
    Served under Wolfe at Quebec

    50th Foot
    The Dirty Half-Hundred
    1700s/1800s
    Because black facings ran after they got wet


    The Blind Half-Hundred
    1801
    Because of large number of ophthalmia cases while serving in Egypt

    53rd Foot
    The Old Five and Threepennies
    1700s/1800s.
    Because of regimental number


    The Red Regiment
    1820
    Name given by Napoleon to then when they guarded him on St. Helena

    54th Foot
    The Popinjays
    1700s/1800s
    Green shade of their facings


    The Flamers
    1781
    Burned 12 privateers at New London

    55th Foot
    The Cattle Reavers
    1700s/1800s
    Recruited from border region of England and Scotland; reavers were cattle thieves


    The Two Fives
    1700s
    Because of regimental number

    56th Foot
    The Pompadours
    1755
    Because of their purple facings

    57th Foot
    The Steelbacks
    c1760
    Had a reputation for being a flogging regiment


    The Diehards
    1811
    Cry to men of regimental commander who laid serious wounded at Albuera

    58th Foot
    The Honeysuckers
    1813
    Were caught stealing beehives by Wellington and were flogged.


    The Steelbacks
    1813
    Were caught stealing beehives by Wellington and were flogged.

    59th Foot
    The Lilywhites
    1700s/1800s
    Because of facing color

    60th Foot
    Jaggers
    Peninsula
    Regiment was mostly Germans; corruption of jaegers.

    61st Foot
    The Flowers of Toulouse
    1814
    Regiment's heavy casualties at Toulouse were very apparent due to new uniform coats on the dead

    62nd Foot
    The Springers
    1776
    Were used as light infantry to pursue rebels at Trois Rivières in Canada

    62nd Foot
    The Splashers
    1758
    Regiment had to use their buttons for ammunition when they ran out of ball at the defence of Carrickfergus; their buttons thereafter had a dent or 'splash' in them in commemoration


    The Moonrakers
    1700s/1800s
    Moonrakers is a nickname of people from the county of Wiltshire in south-west England. Legend says that two smugglers were caught by excise officers retrieving kegs of brandy they had hidden in a pond and told the officers that they were attempting to retrieve a cheese, the reflection of the moon in the water (hence raking the moon).

    63rd Foot.
    The Bloodsuckers
    1808
    The Fleur-de-lys shako badge bore a similarity in appearance to the blood-sucking insects in the West Indies that spread the disease which virtually wiped out the regiment

    64th Foot
    The Black Knots
    c1760
    Had black facing color and regimental badge had heraldic device of Lord Stafford -- a knot

    69th Foot
    The Ups and Downs
    1700s/1800
    Because of regimental number


    The Old Agamemnons
    c1790
    Served as marines on the HMS Agamemnon; nickname supposedly given to them by Admiral Nelson

    71st Foot
    The Assaye Regiment
    1803
    For service at Assaye where all 17 officers and 384 men out of 550 were casualties; the remnant being command by a sergeant-major

    72nd Foot
    The Wild Macraes
    c1780
    Originally recruited from the Clan Macrae

    76th Foot
    The Old Imortals
    c1790
    Because of high casualties during Lake's campaigns in India. The Seven and Sixpennies 1700s/1800s: after the number - seven shillings and a sixpence in pre-decimal currency.


    The Seven and Sixpennies
    1700s/1800s
    Because of its number - seven shillings and a sixpence

    77th Foot
    The Pot Hooks
    1700s/1800s
    Their number '7' looked like a pot-hook

    78th Foot
    The King's Men
    c1793
    Because the regimental motto 'Cuidich'n Righ' means 'Help to the King'.

    83rd Foot
    Fitch's Grenadiers
    c1795
    Raised by Lieutenant Colonel Fitch

    85th Foot
    The Young Bucks
    1700s/1800s
    From Buckinghamshire, but junior to the 16th Foot which was also from that county


    The Elegant Extracts
    1811
    A large number of officers were court-martialed and had to be replaced by officers from other regiments.

    86th Foot
    Royal County Downs
    1792
    An Irish Regiment

    87th Foot
    Blayney's Bloodhounds
    1798
    Hunted rebels in Ireland under Lord Blaney


    The Faughs
    1700s/1800s
    From their motto "Faugh-a-Ballagh" (Clear the Way)


    Aigle Catchers
    1811
    Captured an Eagle at Barosa


    The Aiglers
    1811
    Captured an Eagle at Barosa

    88th Foot
    Devil's Own
    1700s/1800s
    Unknown

    92nd Foot
    Gay Gordon's
    1790s
    Unknown

    95th Foot:
    The Rifles
    1800s
    Becaused they carried a rifle.


    Manningham's Sharpshooters
    1800
    When the unit was formed it did not have a regimental number.


    The Sweeps
    c.1802
    The uniform was such a dark green they resembled chimney sweeps.


    The Grasshoppers
    Peninsula
    Because of their green uniform

    96th Foot
    The Ups and Downs
    1803
    Because of their regimental number

    97th Foot
    The Celestials
    1798
    Because of blue facings

    99th Foot
    The Nines
    1700s/1800s
    Hence the expression 'dressed up to the nines'. The officers of regiment were considered particularly sartorial).

    Brunswick Oels
    Death or Glory Men
    Peninsula
    Death Head Skull on Shako


    Owls
    Peninsula
    Corruption of Oels

    Kings German Legion Light Battalions
    Halkett's Green Germans
    Peninsula
    Halkett was brigade commander
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    TThe Life Guards are the senior regiment of the British Army. Just before the Restoration of King Charles II, a Royal Mounted Bodyguard was formed in Holland from eighty Royalists who had gone into exile with The King after the Battle of Worcester in 1652. In March 1660, The King appointed Officers to three Troops of Horse Guards. These Troops were formed on The King's return to England in May and were originally commanded by Lord Gerard of Brandon, Sir Charles Berkeley and Sir Philip Howard. A fourth (Scots) troop was raised in Edinburgh on 2 April 1661 commanded by James, Earl of Newburgh, and this Troop joined the English establishment early in the reign of Queen Anne.

    The Regiment first saw action at the Battle of Sedgemoor (the Monmouth Rebellion) in 1665. Three Troops of Horse Grenadier Guards (Mounted Infantry) were added to the three English Troops of Horse Guards in 1678. These were disbanded in January 1680 but raised again in 1684. They saw further action in both the Jacobite Wars and during the War of Austrian Succession (1742 -46).

    In 1778 the Troops of Horse Guards were disbanded and re-formed as the 1st and 2nd Life Guards, a period from which the majority of today's state dress originates. They formed the front charging line of The Heavy Brigade at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, staging the famous charge against the French Cuirassiers that saved the British centre from being overrun.
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    Superb posts Paddy, I know I told you earlier but Ill say it again, Brilliant!! good work mate

    The correct 1060 save to York
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    Glad that you liked them

    I look forward to getting the save when I finally get back to the Combat Information Centre later in the day.

    I have several transporters on the water heading for Gloucster.

    Adding to this, several others are moving to form a 2nd attack force at the township you seeded me in the wilds of southern Russia. I feel that a strong force safely tucked away in here, can spring out at the right time to damage the Russian Armies and surrounding townships

    I have noticed that you have a great deal of transporters in the water as well.

    Do you have any war plans yet.

    If so could you please post them here for discussion
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    Yes and No, only vague thoughts at this time. One major objective would be to take their saltpeter as early as possible, now this will probably require an amphibious assault, hence the transporters.

    Im building a nice stack of batts and lifeguards at this time ready for the start, and have been sending troops to secure the cities I have on the other side of my continent. I fear a counter there by Russia if they spot any weaknesses so am making haste in strengthening the garrisons there.

    The only other concern is that Russia attacks my sovereign soil first so to get the MPP with Prussia broken, I also need an MPP with Prussia for this to work out, which I think I do have. I do have MPP with Austria so they should get dragged in too
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    ahh the more the merrier

    I have multiple G/Batteries on their way, and my barracks are turning out a great deal of Cavalry units at this time.

    I do think that it is important that we get some cohesive plans onto some maps, so we have good communications and common goals.

    Some battle coordination ahh I love it
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    Originally posted by Paddy the Scot
    Inspired by Prussian designs of the time, this model of Dragoon pistol was common amongst Britain's mounted troops throughout the 18th Century. When a Light Dragoon pistol was developed in the 1760s, this pistol was relegated to the Heavy Dragoons. However prior to this it likely would have been in stores at the opening of the American Revolution and likely saw use on both sides during the conflict.

    However the true claim to fame of this elegant pistol came prior to this. During the War of the Austrian Succession (King George's War), British Dragoon regiments such as the Royal Dragoons, King's Dragoons, and Royal Scots Greys saw service in at the Battles of Dettingen and Fontenoy. At the victory at Dettingen, the Dragoons are noted as firing a volley from their pistols to check a charge by French cavalry. The defeat at Roucoux in 1746 and at Lauffeld in 1747 could have turned into disasters if it were not for the heroic actions of the British cavalry which held off the French while the army retreated.
    I certainly am glad that our lads have such effective weapons available to them.



    as to Prussia and Austria joining the fray... well indeed it would be good to have Prussia as allies, save them attacking me
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    1060ad to you Good Sir Stafford
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    And once more back to our brothers in York
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    and why the sad face???
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    Ive no idea must be my big thumbs
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    you had me all concerned for the fleet

    so many transporters on the high seas

    ahhh the temptaion for the AI to go crazy
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    Yes well we will also be needing a new thread for this baby soon so you might want to start one up when you get a chance

    Now that time my smile should be working
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    It's a Madder World of course...

    see you over there
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