|Regiment Dillon, Irish Brigade, Army of Louis
XV - 1745
$85 USD SRP per set
- white metal
- hand painted
- historically accurate
It is late in the day when The Irish Brigade,
3,800 men , officers chanting ‘Cuimhnigidh ar Limerick argus
feall na sassonach’*, falls upon the defiantly undefeated
Anglo-Hanoverian columns of the Duke of Cumberland that are close
to fatally piercing the French lines of Marshal De Saxe on the field
of Fontenoy. The Irish Brigade, on this day the 11th of May, is
the last French reserve and their intervening tips the struggle
in favour of the French. This battle will forever be seen as the
high water mark of Irish military prowess.
‘What finer reserve than six battalions
of Wild geese’ De Saxe exclaims. The Irish regiment of Bulkely
takes two Coldstream colours! Cumberland’s infantry leaves
over 5,000 on the field. The victory is a cruel one however for
the Irish Brigade, 656 men are lost including the colonels of the
Regiments Dillon and Lally.
The Irish Brigade, with its distinctive red uniform
and Latin inscribed standards provided a colourful spectacle in
contrast to the white clad French line regiments. This uniform reflected
their origins as troops of the exiled King James II of England.
Given the choice in 1691 of returning to British service under William
of Orange, or of going into exile the vast majority chose the latter,
forming a distinctive part of the French army for over a century.
*’Remember Limerick and Saxon perfidy’
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