Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Battle Of Jersey

No, it wasn't portrayed in "The Sopranos." Instead, the Battle of Jersey took place in 1781 while the British were bogged down fighting rebellious Americans and French in the New World. Since Jersey was so close by, the French thought they'd relieve Britain of another burden and invade the channel island. It ended badly for the French, along with a certain British major named Francis Peirson.

At Mont Orgueil Castle, re-enactors from that era demonstrated typical battle order from that time with replica Brown Bess muskets.

(Sorry about the headgear in the foreground.)

If you followed the link to the entry on the Brown Bess, you will see that particular firearm was in service for quite awhile, even into the middle of the 1800s in America. I asked the gent barking out orders in the video above why it was in service so long, and if it was so because the musket was particularly reliable. "No," he said, "it's because the British government is cheap!"

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Blogger Middle Kid said...

Wars must have taken forever in those days. I also imagine more people were killed by their own guns than by being shot by the enemy!

6:01 PM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

There does seem to be an Elmer Fudd element to the loading and firing process.

8:15 AM  

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