Friday, 25 May 2018
Sunday, 20 May 2018
Saturday, 19 May 2018
The latest units in the British in Egypt project are the Corsican Rangers and two 12lb guns and crew. i have also added a couple of French guns.
The rangers were another of the émigré units recruited in the late 1790s. The unit came into British service following the secession of Corsica from the French Republic and the subsequent
Anglo-Corsican Kingdom. But when the Kingdom collapsed and the British withdrew from the island a number of the secessionists fled or were exiled. From this resource a light infantry company known as the "Franc Tireur Corses" was formed at Menorca.
Brought to Gibraltar in 1800 where Abercromby was preparing the Egyptian expedition they were issued with new uniforms and Baker rifles, and placed in Moore's Brigade. After the landing at Aboukir Bay they were re-titled the Corsican Rangers and fought in all of the subsequent actions in the campaign.
When the campaign ended the unit went to Malta, where it was disbanded.
I like this unit. It is like a precursor for the 95th Rifles with the green jackets and black facings, piped white.
The 12lb guns sets are superb…
…firing the gun and…
…running the gun forward.
The two 4lb light batteries represent the half batteries that were attached directly to fhe demi brigades.
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
This unit sports the thirteenth different type of headwear in this army of millinery oddities and there are still more hat variations to come.