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carojon09 Sep 2021 1:59 a.m. PST

I spent a very pleasant afternoon exploring the delights of Cardiff Castle last weekend and have put together a post looking at the collection of items in the castle and museum covering items and artefacts from the Roman period to modern day.


The Firing Line Regimental Museum is well worth a visit, should the opportunity present, with a significant collection of items relating to Welsh regiments service in the Napoleonic and War of 1812 period.


If you would like to know more then just follow the link to the blog.



Durban Gamer09 Sep 2021 4:25 a.m. PST

Thanks for posting!

carojon10 Sep 2021 1:14 a.m. PST

Hi and thank you for your comment, glad you enjoyed the post.


42flanker10 Sep 2021 4:02 a.m. PST

Could I ask who that cove might be, with his coat unbuttoned and the very large hat?

carojon10 Sep 2021 5:50 a.m. PST

I was bracing myself for someone to ask that very question when I opted to use him for my post header.

There was no obvious signage attached to the display and his cross belt plate was unclear with a reference to 'volunteers' but if I had to guess I would say it gives a reasonable interpretation of the 69th Foot (green facings) in their 'Sea-Service' days as marines, referenced in my post and with the figure set up close to those particular display cabinets, and the pewter garter star button motifs are similar to the 69th.

That said the cross belt would normally carry the number '69' for that regiment and 'Volunteers' suggests a local militia unit rather than a line battalion.

Unless anyone knows definitely that's the best I can do. That said he makes a handsome interpretation of the look for the late 18th century.


Andyuk10 Sep 2021 7:56 a.m. PST

The King's colour shown is the one from the 69th captured at Quatreb Bras. Museum is home to a captured US second colour from Fort Detroit. Before Covid our club Penarth and District Wargames Association did games at the museum.

Personal logo Unlucky General Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2021 1:57 p.m. PST

Great posting. Long time follower – comment left.

carojon12 Sep 2021 3:46 a.m. PST

Hi James,
Thank you for your comments and much appreciated.


ConnaughtRanger13 Sep 2021 1:10 a.m. PST

Thank you for posting this. I was rather disappointed when I visited the museum a couple of years ago. There seemed to be a paucity of exhibits given the wide range of units it represents. Clearly things have improved since then so I will give it another go.

carojon13 Sep 2021 3:48 a.m. PST

Hi CR,
Thank you and glad you found the post interesting.
Time constraints meant my review focussed on specific areas of interest and given more time I think I would have included quite a bit more, so I think the Firing Line Museum is a place to go for folks with an interest in British and Regimental military history.


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