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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2018 10:12 p.m. PST

"The career of General Ross is remarkable for the light it sheds on the Irish military tradition and the manner in which the Irish Diaspora was in some sense framed by it. On the continent, during the Peninsular War, Ross both fought with and against Irishmen or men of Irish descent. Prominent in the Spanish Army, allies of the British, was General O'Donnell. In the long-standing tradition of the Wild Geese, Napoleon's army included an Irish Brigade owing to the outstanding reputation of Irish soldiers in French service, not least at the Battle of Fontenoy in 1745, ‘regarded as the greatest of Irish battle honours'.[1] At Fontenoy, ‘the Irish Brigade, composed of the regiments of Clare, Lally, Dillon, Berwick, Ruth and Bulkeley, as well as Fitz-James' horse, had joined the French army after the British tore up the treaty of Limerick and effected the penal laws. They showed particular bravery in the battle, a sergeant of Bulkeley capturing an English flag, a colour from the Coldstream Guards, driving the British army from the field with the battle-cry, Cuimhnidh ar Luimneach agus ar feall na Sasanach!. Their role in this battle was commemorated on its 250thanniversary by the issue of a common design stamp by the Irish and Belgian post offices. A later battle cry, "Remember Fontenoy!" was used by 69th New York and the Irish Brigadeduring the American Civil War'…."
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42flanker09 Aug 2018 1:50 a.m. PST

"At Fontenoy…a sergeant of Bulkeley capturing an English flag, a colour from the Coldstream Guards, driving the British army from the field with the battle-cry, Cuimhnidh ar Luimneach agus ar feall na Sasanach"

So…which battle of Fontenoy was that, then?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2018 10:40 a.m. PST

Fontenoy II… (smile)

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42flanker11 Aug 2018 2:20 a.m. PST

Ah, that Fontenoy…

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2018 11:37 a.m. PST

(smile)

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Trajanus12 Aug 2018 2:34 a.m. PST

"Remember Fontenoy!" ?

Must have been embarrassing when everyone else was shouting Faugh a Ballagh!

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