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63rd Regiment of Foot

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The 63rd Regiment of Foot known as "The Bloodsuckers", was a British Army regiment in the 18th and 19th centuries.

In 1758, the 2nd Battalion of the 8th (The King's) Regiment of Foot formed the 63rd Regiment of Foot. Later that year, the newly created 63rd, along with a number of other regiments and various other assets, set off for the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, which was a French territory, with the intent of capturing the island for Britain during the Seven Years' War. The invasion began in January of the following year, though many of the soldiers were suffering from a variety of ailments synonymous with service in the Caribbean at that time, which severely sapped the energy and fighting efficiency of the men.

The British troops landed after the Royal Navy bombarded Basse-Terre, the west part of the island, including Fort Royal, a large citadel. By 24 January, British troops had entered the main town. The citadel there had been abandoned, though French forces on the island had merely dispersed to fight a guerrilla campaign against the British forces now in control of Guadeloupe. The enemy had a considerable force, a number of companies of marines, as well as a few thousand natives who could prove deadly in terrain that they knew well.

The 63rd suffered a number of attacks while garrisoning the citadel alone, the rest of the force having moved to the more hospitable east of the island. During one attack, the regiment's commanding officer Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Desbrisay was killed. The French governor finally surrendered on 1 May. The 63rd's duties on the island were, however, not over. They remained there for a further five years. The territory was returned to France by the Treaty of Paris. However, this would not be the last time Guadeloupe was captured by Britain in a war against France.


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« on: May 26, 2014, 05:03:43 am »
How many officers have you killed in 1 line battle? My record stands at 8, 5 in volleys 3 melee. Im a r00d boi and i like to break the rules so r there any other r00d bois>:?

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