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Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2017 2:57 a.m. PST

154 years ago today, 50-odd Legionnaires defended the Hacienda de la Trinidad for most of the day against what in the end amounted to a combined force of 2,000 Mexican regulars and guerrillas. When the battle was over virtually every member of the small force was dead or wounded, only the Bugler escaping death or capture. Their tenacious resistance against overwhelming odds enabled the gold convoy they'd been dispatched to escort, to escape being ambushed and taken by the enemy.

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Here's a link to an old post on my Camerone Day blog, which features a good collection of pics from the 150th Anniversary game myself and a bunch of "Cameronistas" played back in 2013 on the 150th Anniversary of the battle:

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The iconic Hand of Captain Danjou, commander of the 3rd Company, 2nd Foreign Regiment:

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Finally, here's a link to a new post I put up today, with a nice AAR on a modest but fun Camerone-esque Legion vs. Juaristas "Last Stand" game recently put on by my good buddy Nick Stern using his new favorite 54mm figures, as seen below:

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Gone Fishing Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2017 5:29 a.m. PST

Both your set-ups look amazing, Guru! The 2013 game is typically awe-inspiring. Always being a sucker for 54s, I have to admit to loving Mr Stern's game just as much, and its toy soldier quality only adds to the charm.

Thanks so much for both the links and the timely reminder!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2017 6:56 a.m. PST

Great links, thanks for posting!

Vive le morte
vive la guerre
Vive la Legion Etranger

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2017 12:59 p.m. PST

Funny, I pulled a book off the shelf to start reading today since I had finished one yesterday. It was The Hand of Captain Danjou. While reading the preface I realized today was Camerone Day!

Lion in the Stars01 May 2017 6:00 a.m. PST

One of these days, I will be able to visit the den of the Mad Guru, and we will throw down for one of his epic refight games.

Smokey Roan Inactive Member01 May 2017 1:38 p.m. PST

Jesucristo! GOT to finish Camerone for a TMPer. Built it LAST Camerone Day, it was lost (Part of the "Martini Henry Lunger bayonet" tragedy).

Good news, I visited the battle site in the mean time.

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Old Wolfman02 May 2017 7:09 a.m. PST

You said it,Frederick. Nice pics of the game and of the hand of Capt. Danjou.

Legion 420 May 2017 9:30 a.m. PST

Great models, etc.! And one of my favorite bits of history !

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