The History of the Second Queen's Royal Regiment; Now the Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment Volume 4

The History of the Second Queen's Royal Regiment; Now the Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...towards the bridge, killing numbers of the French, and taking 300 prisoners. Had Erskine obeyed orders, which were to post the 4th Regiment at Barba del Puerco, Brennier would have been lost; as it was he got away, but with the loss of a third of the Garrison. The S6th, and some of the 4th, in the ardour of pursuit, crossed the bridge after the French, but were driven back with loss by Eegnier's Corps, who were at St. Felice, and materially helped Brennier in the passage of the river. General Pack, in his letter, explains that the picquets of the Blockade were placed in three Divisions numbered 1, 2, and 3 from the right; each Division under a Field Officer, with explicit instructions to act at once in case of an attempt of the enemy to get through the lines, without waiting for orders. A general discharge of Artillery from the Fort a few nights before (resembling an explosion) appears to have thrown them all off their guard. "The Field Officer of the right Division, thinking the affair only a similar occurrence, did not move. The Commanding Officer of the Queen's (with a Field Officer from his own Regiment) of the picquets in front had always the command of the left Division, with his own Battalion in reserve. He remained also on his post, sending out patrols to ascertain what was happening." Behind the centre Division was a reserve of 200 men of the 1st Portuguese Battalion which was commanded that night by Major Dursbach; this was the party that so materially helped General Pack to arrest and almost to capture the escaping Garrison. The Brigade Orders given by General Pack, which shows that he quite realised that the Garrison would attempt to escape, were as follows: --"The Garrison of.Almeida is supposed to contain 1,200 men, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 322g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123660444X
  • 9781236604446