Re: 1812 Re: Introduction
- In a message dated 12/3/2008 9:41:40 AM Central Standard Time,
Try looking under "Great British Military Disasters." ;-)
Well, at least they are 'great!' Seriously though the test of an army is not
wether or not they loose a battle or campaign but how they pick themselves
Such as troops defeated at New Orleans being shipped back to England, sent
straight over to Belgium and ariving by forced march on the very morning of
Oe Marshal Massena's comment on Slamanca "I had the British beaten twice but
they did not know it".
Seriously, it was a great experience and honor to be there, capped by a
powerful memorial service Saturday night at Montcalm's Cross and the Cairn to the
Black Watch. One would need ice water in their veins not to be moved by the
sense of duty and devotion felt there. And as we marched silently back to
camp through the woods, fighting our emotions, you had the sense that the
spirits in the woods approved.
With respect to all the brave men,
Absolutely, and that is what we commemorate, the utimate sacrifice of brave
(and sometimes not so brave) men, men who sometimes died far from home and far
from comfort with only their regimental comrades, and sometimes not even
them close at hand.
Around 1979 or so The Great War society was formed in the UK, at first it
was quite small and one of the rules was members had to wear original kit (which
was still available at Army Surplus Stores back then). The members all had
close relitives in the Middlesex regiment so this is what they portrayed,
some of them wearing their grandfathers badges and medal ribbons to portray the
'Old Contemptables' who were even then dying out quickly.
One of their first apperances was at the NAM for a special WW1 exhibition
and there were some real Old Comtemptables there, several of the GWS members
noticed the old boys looking at them and obviously discussing them and they
began to feel uncomfortable. They imagined the veterans were not pleased at
being 'aped' so decided to go over and talk to them, and if that was what they
thought to disband the group there and then.
When they went over the veterans got quite emotional and said far from
thinking they being 'mocked' in some way they were amazed that anyone cared enough
to do this, that they looked exactly as they remembered their comrades in
1914 and they fely proud that young people were willing to go to so much
trouble to commemorate them.
And that is what we are, living monuments to the people we portray so we had
better get it right!
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- Jim,Welcome to the group? We will look forward to your posts.Jim Gallen
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Subject: 1812 Introduction
Date: 18 Dec 2013 22:03:14 -0800
Hello all,My name is Jim Whitley. I'm a longtime reenactor from Charlotte, North Carolina, but new to 1812. My home is the 12th Infantry, a new regiment forming in the mid-Atlantic. I appreciate being allowed to join and hope to absorb much of your collective wisdom in the months ahead.
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