Achievements of Cavalry by Wood V.C. G.C.B. G.C.M.G. Field Marshal Sir Evelyn

By Wood V.C. G.C.B. G.C.M.G. Field Marshal Sir Evelyn

Field Marshal wooden ranks as probably the most eminent infantrymen of the Victorian period of the British Empire. He served with contrast within the dust and distress of the Crimean conflict, the Indian Mutiny, Wolseley's Ishanti conflict, the Zulu struggle and in Egypt and the Sudan. His activities on attacking a gang of robbers purpose on murdering a neighborhood service provider earned him the Victoria move - his moment advice for the V.C.

His enduring affection for the cavalry within which he served early in his illustrious occupation ended in him penning old works in regards to the arme blanche. This paintings focusses at the ancient triumphs of the cavalry deployed at the battlefield from 1794 to 1870, really in the course of the Napoleonic Wars and the 1870 Franco-Prussian battle. From the sector of Marengo in 1800 to the famed "Death experience" of von Bredow in 1870, box Marshal wooden retells the occasions with authenticity and skill.

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9} The 15th Light Dragoons now saw on the Southern side of the village the main body of the cavalry division, and having first of all “changed front to the rear” to threaten the troops which were following them up from Bouchain, they then, again reversing their front, galloped through the infantry under a fire of cannon and muskets, which, although heavy, occasioned them but little loss. The French left 800 dead on the field between Saul-zoir and Villers-en-Cauchies, and carried off in waggons from 300 to 400 wounded!

At the end of 1798, when his command, consisting of an advanced guard of 3 squadrons, 2 guns and 2 battalions infantry, was attacked suddenly by 8000 Neapolitans near Nepi, 25 miles North of Rome, he utterly defeated them, killing 500, capturing 2000 prisoners, 15 guns, and all the enemy’s baggage. Soon afterwards, at Toscanella, near Civita-Vecchia, he fell on the rear-guard of a division of 7000 men, compelled the commander, a French refugee, to capitulate, and only allowed him to embark on condition of his giving up all his cannon.

To the North of Desaix stood Lannes, and to Lannes’ right front was the Consular Guard, and Monnier’s division. The remnants of Victor’s division took post in the left rear of Desaix, while Kellermann formed up 200 yards to the right rear of Desaix’s right brigade. Kellermann’s own brigade, the 2nd, 6th, and 20th regiments, having been under fire many hours, at this time numbered only 156 sabres, but he had also under his orders two squadrons of the 8th Dragoons, and a troop (quarter of a squadron) of the 1st Dragoons, about 250 sabres strong—making a total of 400 sabres.

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