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28 Oct 2017 7:45 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian29 Mar 2017 11:01 p.m. PST

Please give a title for each entry, and then a brief summary of the historical event.

Personal logo ACWBill Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2017 2:55 a.m. PST

October 19, 1781, the date the British and Hessians surrendered at Yorktown. The British marched past the Americans and French lines as the bands played "The World Turned Upside Down."

Ramming30 Mar 2017 3:47 a.m. PST

August the 16th 1780 – Camden. despite outnumbering Cornwallis by almost 2:1 the continental army fled, I don't think they were playing anything on account of them running so fast.

Buckeye AKA Darryl30 Mar 2017 3:52 a.m. PST

Cowpens – Defeat of Tarleton that swings the morale tide in the south.

Fallen Timbers – Anti-climatic event from a long build up of American forces.

Wabash – Worst defeat of an American military force at the hands of the Indians. An amazing display of Indian cooperation of tactical awareness.

Jumonville Glen – Start of the first world war by a young George Washington.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2017 4:13 a.m. PST

Minden, British with help of hanoverians level down thousands of french cavalry and take on quite a few infantry too.

At Ramillies in 1706, with the Dutch cavalry having exhosted the French cavalry. 5000 Danish cavalry rides around the French flank, they line up carefully and then charge. The French can do nothing to stem the tide.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2017 5:14 a.m. PST

Trenton – Washington's army makes night crossing of Delaware River in December 1776 and attacks Trenton held by Hessian troops.

daler240D Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member30 Mar 2017 5:39 a.m. PST

The opening of the Battle of Fontenoy.

dBerczerk30 Mar 2017 7:39 a.m. PST

The Battle of Kozludji (9 June 1774) -- between the Imperial Russian Army under Suvorov and Ottoman Turkish forces under Abdul-Rezak Pasha, the final and decisive battle of the Russo-Turkish War (176874).

The Russians managed to rout the Ottoman army, scoring a major victory.

This ultimately caused the Ottoman Sultan to sue for peace, and led to the eventual incorporation of the Crimea into the Russian Empire.


Father Grigori30 Mar 2017 7:41 a.m. PST

Battle of Warburg, 1760.

The Marquis of Granby led a cavalry charge, and charged so hard that he lost his wig.

mghFond30 Mar 2017 8:16 a.m. PST

Battle of Holowczyn during the Great Northern War. Charles leads his army across a river and marsh at night to flank the larger Russian army holding the river line then attacks. It is said this was Charle's favorite victory.
Our local group has played this one twice and our Swedes barely won both games.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2017 8:19 a.m. PST

Marlborough's victory at Blenheim that shattered the image of Louis XIV's army.

21eRegt Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2017 9:19 a.m. PST

Hohenfriedberg in 1745 where the charge of the Bayreuth Dragoons created a legend and gave us a great piece of music.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2017 9:31 a.m. PST

Top two:

That single volley on the Plains of Abraham which settled the fate of North America.

The Continentals turning, firing and charging at Cowpens.

KSmyth30 Mar 2017 10:19 a.m. PST

Cowpens. It's the battle that began my interest in the American Revolution.

Costanzo130 Mar 2017 10:33 a.m. PST


Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member30 Mar 2017 4:08 p.m. PST

Battle of Narva … Swedish relief army under Charles XII of Sweden defeated a Russian siege force four times its size. This sealed the fate of Finland for the next 200 years.

Sobieski30 Mar 2017 4:33 p.m. PST

The moment when von Seydlitz signalled the charge by throwing his pipe into the air.

1ngram31 Mar 2017 6:13 a.m. PST

O'Mahony at Cremona 1702

Old Wolfman31 Mar 2017 6:52 a.m. PST

Leuthen,when Frederick the Great rallied his retreating troops with his shout,"Wohlt ihr ewig leben?!"

redcoat31 Mar 2017 9:54 a.m. PST

The attack of Cornwallis's division from Osborne's Hill at Brandywine, 11 Sept. 1777. As the British line deployed, Lieutenant Colonel William Meadows bellowed to his 1st Battalion of Grenadiers, "Grenadiers, put on your caps! For damned fighting and drinking I'll match you against the world!"

The British line went forwards with the grenadiers' drummers (and fifers?) playing the 'Grenadiers' March' (not to be confused with the 'British Grenadiers').

Lt William Hale, with the 2nd Battalion of Grenadiers: "Nothing could be more dreadfully pleasing than the line moving on to the attack…believe me I would not exchange those three minutes of rapture to avoid ten thousand times the danger."

Must have been an impressive sight.


Supercilius Maximus Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2017 5:44 p.m. PST

The French Garde Francaise officer at Fontenoy who said, "Tirez les premiers, messieurs les Anglais!"

I bet he was really popular with his colleagues afterwards……

The British marched past the Americans and French lines as the bands played "The World Turned Upside Down."

No they didn't, I'm afraid. (1) That song was not written until the early 1800s; (2) nobody mentioned the "play list" at the time; and (3) it took a couple of hours for the entire column to reach the "surrender field" I doubt very much they were playing the same tune all that time. More likely it was "When the King enjoys his own again" which may have had a similar melody and, given the British sense of humour and pique at losing is far more likely to have been played (the point being that the enemy would be familiar with it).

See "Songs & Music of the Redcoats" by Lewis Winstock.

thehawk01 Apr 2017 3:49 p.m. PST

Deux longues carabines


oldnorthstate01 Apr 2017 7:57 p.m. PST

The American attack on Stony Point, July 15, 1779…dubbed unassailable "Gibraltar" by the British defenders George Washington and Anthony Wayne developed a plan to attack at midnight, with only bayonets. An American force of light infantry (picked men) assaulted the British fort and in one hour they captured the entire British garrison with few casualties shocking British General Clinton and ending the threat of a British attack on West Point. The most audacious attack of the entire war.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Apr 2017 11:19 p.m. PST

Leuthen,when Frederick the Great rallied his retreating troops with his shout,"Wohlt ihr ewig leben?!"

I believe that this event happened at Kolin, definitely not at Leuthen.

My favorite moment is at the Battle of Dettingen, where the French have the British and their allies all bottled up in a geographic trap. All the French commander, Le Duc du Grammont has to do is wait on the other side of the boggy stream to,bag the entire English army, but instead his impetuous attack results in a rout of the entire French army.

Clays Russians Inactive Member13 Apr 2017 5:31 p.m. PST

Saunderhausen – seven years war, Plucky Hessians (mothers ancestors) take on a French army 21/2 times larger and give it a big nasty bloody nose, then March away. Sorta. Aufwiedersehn Frenczy!

cae5ar17 Apr 2017 7:22 p.m. PST

Ramillies, 1706: Marlborough is thrown from his horse and narrowly escapes being ridden down by French troopers. Then his aide, Colonel Bingfield, is decapitated by a stray cannonball while assisting the general into the saddle of a fresh mount. Nevertheless, Marlborough lives to win the battle decisively.

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