Tongues of Fire on Idris Flaring

Practically Historical reminds us that last Friday was the 137th anniversary of the battle of Rork’s Drift. This was the occasion when the British fought against an attack from the Zulus in Natal. It was held by the B Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Foot, who became not long afterward the South Wales Borderers, and is now part of the Royal Welsh. On that day, 11 Victoria Crosses were earned, a level never surpassed in the British Army. It was immortalized in the film Zulu in 1964, which you can watch here: https://youtu.be/O6astUUUc4o, It’s pretty well up on my favorites list!

via Men of Harlech | Practically Historical.

The most famous part for many of us, is the regimental march of the 24th, the SWB, and the Royal Welsh. It is called Men of Harlech, and it celebrates the longest siege in British history, the seven-year siege of Harlech Castle between 1461 and 1468, commanded by Constable Dafydd ap Ieuan. This very moving version is by the band of the Royal Regiment of Wales, in the church at Rorke’s Drift on the 120th anniversary of the battle

I always like to note that it has a place in American history as well. It was heard during that bayonet charge at the 1st of Ia Drang, and again on 911, both times a Cornish variant being sung by Colonel Rick Rescorla, ret. of the 7th Cavalry, who was raised in Cornwall.

Since we’re doing the Welsh military today, not to mention Men of Harlech, it should be noted that Men of Harlech is also the slow march of the 1st the Queens Dragoon Guards, more commonly called the Welsh Cavalry, who returned recently from Germany, and are now stationed at Robertson Barracks, in Norfolk, and seem to like it, as they are training on their new Coyote wheeled armoured vehicles. There’s a video here, and I suspect my American readers will enjoy the Norfolk version of ‘coyote’ as well 🙂

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5 Responses to Tongues of Fire on Idris Flaring

  1. the unit says:

    I’ve neglected the post and the Men of Harlech today.
    Got to admit watching this Oregon development today. So far he said, she said, one dead. And there really was a she there. I think I know what will be the official statement outcome of what transpired. I’ll go play with the Legos I’ve accumulated from years of garage sales. No, will be watching and listening. And Hillary’s emails are physical Legos evidence, we’ll see what builds from that and is brought forth.

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Yep, I’ve read about six stories – so far, and none of them agree in the slightest. Presumably at some point, the real story will emerge, and that’s why I’m not talking about it yet!

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      • the unit says:

        I guess the remaining persons, occupiers or patriots will likely move out. At least the feds left the electricity on and there won’t be any “lantern fuel” to set on fire by anyone. My guess.

        Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          Think you’re right on that!

          Like

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