Saturday, 23 July 2011

Colours of French Guyenne Infantry Regiment - French infantry in Canada series No.3

First raised 1674, the 2 battalion infantry regiment Guyenne supplied its 2nd battalion for the war in Canada. It had a busy war; it was at the capture of Oswego 1756; the capture of Fort William Henry 1757; the French victory of Ticonderoga 1758; the siege of Quebec and battles of Montmorency and the Plains of Abraham; elements surrendered at Fort Niagara 1759; the French victory of Sainte Foy and the siege of Quebec 1760; the battle and retreat from Isle aux Noix; and finally the retreat to and surrender at Montreal 8th September 1760. Only the ordonnance flag was carried in Canada and was burned before the surrender at Montreal but the colonel's colour is shown here for completeness.

I'm currently redoing the French infantry uniform template as the current one is old, crude and rather worn out. :-)

9 comments:

Adam from Lancashire said...

Lovely stuff as usual, David. I love the way you do the creases.


In a display of ignorance, I've got to ask what the new picture is at the top of your blog. I recognise it from the cover of Szabo's book on the SYW but would be interested to know what it actually depicts.

Thanks
Adam

David said...

Hi Adam,

Thanks - glad you like it. :-)

The picture is of the battle of Hochkirch - it's by Hyacinth de La Pegna (1706-1772): "Der Überfall bei Hochkirch am 14. Oktober 1758" and is in the Heeresgeschichtlichen Museum in Vienna. It shows the Austrian infantry getting in amongst the Prussian tents and e.g. bayonetting Prussians tardily getting out of their beds. As you know I rather like the Austrians and tend to use images of Austrian victories as the blog header pictures. So Maxen will be coming along sometime soon. :-)

Cheers,

David.

Capt Bill said...

Although the Beerstein army was forced to retire to a stronger position, Sir David's troops did very well indeed. Love the French flags....

David said...

Thanks, Bill. I'm really looking forward to the return match against those pesky Lorrainers; can't have Beerstein bested like that, can we?

All the best,

David.

Steve from Jersey said...

Love the French flags. Any chance of Archangel flags for the Russians of Peter the Great?
Great flags but not easy to come by, though I don't know why more folk don't love the sword arm of God descending from the heavens

David said...

Thanks, Steve. Yes, I might be willing to do one of those, depending on the complexity of the flags, time and effort involved and so on - but I can't find any image(s) of such flags in my collection of material or on the Net. Do you have good source material on them?

Cheers,

David.

David said...

P.S. Is this the sort of flag you mean? http://www.digitaltmuseum.se/things/thing/S-AM/AM.082305/image/98960

steve said...

Yes.
You are right about there not being a lot out there about them. I've seen one represented in a plate from The Men-At-Arms Peter the Great's Army: Cavalry (it is just described as a typical dragoon-style flag) and one on the Prince August Web site being carried by one of their Great Northern War standard bearers.
A search on the Web found Dan Schorr's great books on the Northern War uniforms and colours on Scribd. I don't know much about Scribd, if it is OK or theft of intellectual property, but it does seem to be associated with Facebook. There are several flag plates starting around page 75 on this link
http://www.scribd.com/doc/32317211/The-Great-Northern-War-1700-1721-v2-Swedish-Allies-and-Enemies-Colours-and-Uniforms

David said...

Thanks for the information, Steve. I'll look into it...

Cheers,

David.