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Regiments / 1st Royal Horse Guards, "The Blues" [EU]
« on: April 20, 2014, 10:44:00 pm »

Welcome to the thread of the 1st Royal Horse Guards! We are a dedicated group of players who strive to fully use the British Royal Horse Guard unit to devastating effect, crippling any opponent we encounter. Our pool of CO's and NCO's will make sure you will feel at home very quickly, so you can participate and have good fun in our battles. That said, one does not need to be skilled from the start to join us: we are more than happy to train people in the heavy cavalry fighting style. Take a look at our thread, or if you just want to enlist straight away look at the bottom of the second post to join!


This regiment, despite its Royal connections, actually started life as a Parliamentarian Cavalry Regiment under an officer named Unton Crook. The fall of the Commonwealth in 1660 saw this regiment pledge its allegiance to the newly restored Charles II. At first, the King was keen to keep this regiment together with its new Royalist commanding officer, Daniel O'Neal. However, the new parliament, with memories of the bloody Civil War fresh in its mind, refused to sanction payments for any standing armies. This could have been the end of the regiment had it not been for an abortive rising in 1661. The attempt of the 'Fifth Monarchy' to overthrow the monarchy gave the King the perfect excuse to re-raise a number of regiments in order to protect himself. The Royal Regiment of Horse joined the Lifeguards, the Grenadier Guards and the Coldstream Guards as all being raised specifically to protect the Royal Household from any threat, internally or externally.
During their parliamentarian days, the regiment wore dark blue coats. When the regiment was re-raised in 1661, the Colonel was the Earl of Oxford, Aubrey de Vere, whose own personal livery was also blue. The regiment therefore quickly took on the nickname of 'The Blues' that still partially lives on to the present day.
Divided Loyalties

In 1685, King Charles II died and was replaced by King James II. That same year, the bastard son of King Charles II, the Duke of Monmouth, attempted to lead a protestant uprising against James II. At this point in time, King James' Catholic sympathies were suspected by many but not yet proven to the general populace. The blues were therefore happy to carry out their obligations of defending the crown and it was at the battle of Sedgemoor that the regiment first saw action. Indeed, it was a blues patrol that first sounded the alarm of Monmouth's night time approach towards the Royalist camp. In the ensuing battle, the blues joined a charge at a critical juncture of the battle that overwhelmed the rebel artillery. The blues therefore helped to maintain the monarchy in what were becoming increasingly complicated times. Three years later, they would not be so forgiving.
In the intervening three years, James II demonstrated that his sympathies really did lie with Catholicism. He therefore found himself a Catholic King in charge of a Protestant country. Thus, when William of Orange landed in Britain with an army of mercenaries at the behest of local politicians, it was clear that James II had seriously misjudged the mood of his kingdom. People flocked to the support of the Protestant William before he even had to fight any battles. King James II fled to France. The Blues remained in London to support the new Protestant King. Their job may have been to protect the King, but they remained loyal to their religion before their King. The regiment joined William in his campaigns to rid James II from Ireland in 1688 after the exiled King attempted to make a return to the British throne. The regiment fought at the Battle of Boyne in 1690.
18th Century

The regiment spent most of the early Eighteenth Century guarding the monarchs in London. It was the war of Austrian Succession that brought the regiment back in to action. This was particularly the case as King George II actually headed the army himself. At the battle of Dettingen the regiment had mixed fortunes when they were disrupted and forced to retreat by recoiling cavalrymen of the Ligonier Horse who bounced off a French formation. In the ensuing confusion, the Blues were forced to retreat through their own infanty, causing yet more confusion. The regiment managed to reform and helped to subdue the elite French Household cavalry, the Maison du Roy. The Blues also took part in the battle of Fontenoy as part of the Household Cavalry Division.

In the Seven Years War (1756 - 1763), the regiment picked up one of its more unusual customs at the battle of Warburg (1760). The Blues are one of the only regiment that allows saluting by all ranks even when they are not wearing any headdress. The reason for this comes from a charge made during the battle of Warburg, when the Colonel, Marquis of Granby, lost his wig whilst charging in to battle and yet still managing to salute the Commander-in-Chief as the charge rammed home. The battle was an outstanding success for The Blues, and a new tradition was borne by the bald headed Colonel.

On return to Britain, the Blues built the Army's first riding school at Northampton. The regiment remained here until the Cavalry Barracks at Windsor had been completed and was ready for occupation in 1804.

Napoleonic Wars & Victorian Era

It wasn't until 1812 that The Blues were called to serve Wellington in his Peninsular campaign. They quickly saw action at the battles of Salamanca and Vittoria amongst many other countless smaller actions. One new colonel to join the regiment was Wellington himself in 1813. At the time Guards men were only obligated to salute their own officers - they did not salute any other regiments' officers. Wellington seems to have been tickled pink when he received his first salutes from his new regiment. He commented "Thank God, I've got a present out of the Guards at last!"

During the battle of Waterloo, Wellington's regiment was brigaded with the Life Guards and the 1st King's Dragoon Guards. They took part, together with the Union brigade, in the massive extended line charge against the French. It was a very effective operation which threw out of the way the French curarriers advancing in support of d'Erlon's left and crashed into the left and rear of the Left-hand French division. Halting the French advance. The Household brigade also had the sense to limit their advances, unlike the Union Brigade, which paid dearly for its overenthusiasm.

For most of the nineteenth century, The Blues returned to their ceremonial duties in London. However, the lack of an effective police force in Britain saw the regiment deployed on a number of occasions to pacify the local populace and maintain public order. In 1848, for example, revolutions throughout Europe seriously concerned the British authorities. So, when Chartist meetings got out of hand and turned in to riots, The Blues were called in to deal with the troublemakers. They were similarly employed in 1866 during demonstrations by the Reform Movement.

Generally, the nineteenth century was a quiet period for The Blues. They were officially upgraded to Household Cavalry status with all the extra ceremonial duties that that entailed and were renamed in 1875 as the Royal Horse Guards.

A couple of points and rules of the Regiment:

1. Your ingame tags will be 1stRH_(Rank)_(Name) //
2. Get to know the rest of regiment, hang around the TS!
3. NCO's are always willing to help! Do not be afraid to ask questions!
4. Never too early to recruit other people!
5. Stick to the rules of the event we are attending!
6. We have ZERO tolerance for trolls. We do not consider trolling fun(ny).
7. Listen to officers!
8. Be respectful to each other. (no bullying, mocking, etc.)
9.  No purposefull teamkilling whatever the situation.
10.Respect is earned in this community, not inherited. Treat other regiments and its members with respect and they will do the same.
11. Stay out of global chat during events. Team chat is allowed, yet no disrespectful comments/insults. Banter is acceptable.
12. If you have a complaint concerning a regiment, or any members of our own, direct yourself towards one of the NCOs or Officers AFTER THE EVENT, they will see to it.

Regimental Command

(Regimental Leader)

Captain Martastik

(Senior Regimental Staff)

Lieutenant Vander

(Senior Regimental Staff)

Cornet Crunk

Corporal of Horse Jolyon
Lance Corporal of Horse Kieran
Corporal Diffusion
Corporal Staines

Trooper Raven
Trooper TheLemonWorld
Trooper LondonHyena
Trooper Dizaster
Trooper Webster
Trooper Sith
Trooper Redmond
Trooper Mien-Shan
Trooper Shima

Recruit Crazy


Total regimental strength: 17.

Reserve Wibpaint

In-game tags: 1sRH_Rank_Name

Edited Banner
Available for download in TS (It replaces the Golden Lion with Black Background banner)

Forum & Website / Missing options on the forum
« on: January 06, 2014, 02:33:54 pm »
So I just opened the FSE forum, and my links for "view unread threads/view replies" are gone. Is this permanent or is it just temporary? And are there other people who have this as well?


Gentlemen, welcome to the thread of the Bavarian 3. Leichtes Infantry! We are a group of NW players who pride ourselves on our shots and relaxed but fun gameplay. As light infantry, we seek to harass the enemy and skirmish as often as we can, distracting the enemy and giving our allied regiments the time to take up the best position to finish the enemy.  We are part of the IIIe Corps d'Armee Francaise, and fight alongside illustrious regiments such as the 1er Carabiniers. Take a look at our thread for some history and facts on the Bavarians during the Napoleonic Wars, or head straight to the second post to enlist!  

Bavaria and the Napoleonic Wars

As a member state of the Holy Roman Empire, Bavaria was required to provide an armed force to fight for the Imperial cause in time of war. It was due to this commitment that Bavarian forces were mobilised to fight France in 1792 but by October that year she had declared herself neutral. In 1796 diplomats from all the warring states met at the Congress of Rastatt to redraw the map of the Empire. The result was strongly in favour of the French, as they had conquered Belgium (Spanish Netherlands) , Alsace, Lorraine and much of the left bank of the Rhine. Before the treaty could be finalised war broke out again and the French diplomats were murdered by the Austrians while in transit. The fighting ended with a French victory at the battle of Hohenlinden in December 1800. The result was a new carving up of the Empire with the free Imperial cities loosing their status and like many other small states, being incorporated into larger German states. Bavaria gained territory and the troops that went with it.
Napoleon (who by this time was Emperor of France) wanted to use these German states as a buffer between France and any invasion by Austria or Prussia. Austria played right into his hands in 1805 when she attacked Bavaria. Napoleon destroyed both the Prussian and Austrian armies in a campaign that ended in the surrender of the Austrian General Mack in December 1805 and the devastating battle of Austerlitz. The German states of Bavaria , Baden and Wurttemberg who had allied with the French were now well rewarded. Bavaria gained kingdom status and several territories including Tyrol. Over the next few years Napoleon consolidated his hold of these vassal states by marriage and by awarding territories, announcing on 12 July 1806 the formation of the Confederation of the Rhine which would include all German states except Prussia, together with France and the Grand Duchy of Warsaw. This was the death knell for the Holy Roman Empire and in August 1806 the states of the confederation left the Holy Roman Empire and Emperor Franz II became Franz I of Austria.

In the campaigns that followed Bavaria acted much more like a weaker partner with France rather than a vassal state or ally. In 1809 Bavaria was a frontline state against Austria with many of the early clashes taking place on Bavarian soil. Bavarian troops saw defeat with the French at Aspern-Essling and then victory at Wagram but the Tyrol rose in revolt and it took the Bavarian months to put down the uprising. 1812 saw Bavaria supply the Grande Armee with VI Corps for the Russian campaign and elements fought at the battle of Borodino but following the disastrous result of the campaign they finally decided to desert Napoleon's cause just before the battle of Leipzig. The Bavarians tried to cut off the French armies' retreat but failed to do so at the battle of Hanau. In 1814 the Tyrol went back to Austria, and Salzburg was also handed back in 1815. Following Napoleon's flag had gained the Bavarians little but bloodshed, but knowing when to desert their former master they also escaped being carved up by the allies.

The Bavarian Army 1809-1815

In 1800, Bavaria reluctantly fought on Austria's side against France, but in 1805 when Austria attacked Bavaria for the third time in 100 years, they found a powerful army. The Bavarians initially retreated, but only in order to link up with Napoleon's advancing army and to prepare the counter-attack, which took place quickly, methodically and thoroughly. 30,000 Bavarian troops took part in the successful Siege of Ulm and the consequent liberation of Bavaria. At the Battle of Austerlitz, the Bavarians secured the flanks and supply lines of Napoleon's army and in 1806-7 they forced several Prussian forts to surrender.
Bavaria was awarded the Austrian province of Tyrol as a reward, but unrest erupted into a full-blown rebellion under Andreas Hofer in 1809, which could only be put down with French assistance. When Austria attacked Bavaria once more in 1809, Napoleon's army was concentrated in Spain, and it was troops of the Confederation of the Rhine, predominantly Bavarian, which led the early campaigning against Austria. At the Battle of Wagram, the contribution of Bavarian forces was decisive to the outcome.
In the Russian Campaign, the Bavarian army suffered terrible losses - of about 33,000 men (including following reinforcements) who marched in 1812, only 4,000 returned. Pressed by the Crown Prince and General Wrede, King Maximilan I Josef turned with a heavy heart away from the French and changed to the Allied camp shortly before the Battle of Leipzig. The attempt by Wrede to stop the victory of the Grande Armée in 1813 at the Battle of Hanau ended in a narrow defeat for his Austro-Bavarian corps. The campaign of 1814 began badly for the Allies, but Wrede made up for his earlier defeat with valuable victories over his former allies at the battles of Arcis-sur-Aube and Bar-sur-Aube.
In 1814, the Bavarian army consisted of a Grenadier Guard regiment, 16 regiments of Line Infantry, two battalions of Jäger, seven regiments of light cavalry (of which one was territorial), one regiment of Uhlans, two Hussar regiments, one regiment of Garde du Corps (mounted royal bodyguard), two regiments of foot artillery and one of horse-artillery.
In 1815, the 7th (National) Light Cavalry regiment was formed into two Cuirassier regiments. The Hussars and Uhlans were disbanded in 1822. Following the recommendations of the Military Savings Commission in 1826, one infantry regiment was converted into two Jäger battalions, and the Grenadier Guard regiment into an Infantry lifeguard regiment. The Garde du Corps became the 1st Cuirassier Regiment, and the former 1st Cuirassier Regiment was merged into the 2nd Regiment.

A Small Treatise on Skirmishing

"Skirmishers are infantry who are stationed ahead or to the sides of a larger body of friendly troops. They are usually placed in a skirmish line to either harass enemy troops or to protect their own troops from similar attacks by the enemy. Skirmishers are generally lightly armed and lightly armored in order to move quickly across the battlefield. In ancient and medieval warfare, skirmishers typically carried bows, jawelins, and sometimes carried light shields. Acting as light infantry with their light arms and minimal armor, they could run ahead of the main battle line, fire a volley of arrows, slingshots or javelins, and retreat behind their main battle line before the clash of the opposing main forces. The aims of skirmishing were to disrupt enemy formations by causing casualties before the main battle, and to tempt the opposing infantry into attacking prematurely, throwing their organization into disarray."

Skirmishing was not new in Europe, During the Napoleonic Wars the opposing armies would march their infantry in column formations and deploy them in a line, shoulder to shoulder in three ranks. In front of these columns and lines moved skirmishers. All infantrymen were trained in skirmishing.

The skirmishers acted in 2s. The intervals between pairs were: in the French army 15 paces, in Austrian 6 paces, in Russian 5 paces. The intervals could change depending on tactical situation and available space. In 1815 at Quatre Bras the Duke of Brunswick deployed his Jager Battalion in a ditch near Gemioncourt. The jagers were in groups of 4 at intervals of six paces. They had put their large hats on the bushes in front of them. It attracted a lot of musket fire from French voltigeurs.

As the battle continued the lines and columns fed the skirmish lines or broke down into skirmish lines themselves. The skirmishers used terrain, trees and buildings as a cover. Their primary target were enemy's officers, trumpeters, drummers, gunners, and skirmishers. The skirmishers also annoyed the flanks of the enemy and created terror when succeeded on appearing at the rear.

The skirmishers used a lot of ammunition. Once the cartrdige box was empty the skirmisher went to the ammunition wagon. It would in many cases mean being withdrawn from the front line. Also the musket didn't allow for continuous firing for many hours. Russian officer Davidov noted in 1808 that many skirmishers used to spend their ammunition very quickly or throw it out in order to leave the firing line. One general said that a number of soldiers is lost to "temporary desertion" while skirmishing. But officer F.N. Glinka wrote that in 1813 after Bautzen: "...Colonel Kern wanted to relieve a chain of skirmishers, who fought for several hours. They responded: don't relieve us ! We can fight till the evening; just give us cartridges !"

The greatest danger to skirmishers came from the cavalry. Beskrovnyi writes; "[when cavalry attack the skirmishers] The officer ... collects his men into groups of about 10 men. They stand back to back and continue firing and thrust their bayonets into the enemy cavalrymen, and everyone should be confident that the battalion or the regiment will come to their aid in a short time."

Regimental Command

Regimental Leader

Hauptmann Crunk

Senior Regimental Staff

Leutnant Jolyon


Korporal Porkins
Korporal Lava

Jäger Dizaster

Gemeiner Philip
Gemeiner Storck
Gemeiner Ryzen
Gemeiner Cyan

Rekrut Kidterra
Rekrut PaperMario
Rekrut ElectricFence
Rekrut Von Alten
Rekrut Pouchey


In-game tags: IIIe_3teLIR_(rank)_(name)



Hauptman (Captain)
Premierleutnant (1st Lieutenant) Plt
Leutnant (Lieutenant) Lt
Fähnrich (Ensign) Fahn

Feldwebel (Sergeant) Fwbl
Unteroffizier (Corporal) UOffz
Korporal (Kpl)
Stabsgefreiter (Lance Corporal) SGfr

Jägar (Hunter) Jgr
Gemeiner (Private) Gem
Rekrut (Recruit) Rkt

Regiments / 1er Regiment de Carabiniers [Recruiting EU] NEW THREAD
« on: April 03, 2013, 05:25:43 pm »

Welcome to the thread of the 1er Regiment de Carabiniers! We are a dedicated group of players who strive to fully use the French Carabinier unit to devastating effect, crippling any opponent we encounter. Our pool of CO's and NCO's will make sure you will feel at home very quickly, so you can participate and have good fun in our battles. That said, one does not need to be skilled from the start to join us: we are more than happy to train people in the Carabinier fighting style. Take a look at our thread, or if you just want to enlist straight away look at the bottom of this post to join!

History of the 1er Carabiniers

There were only two regiments of horse carabiniers, the 1er and 2e. In 1792 the French Ministry of War ordered that the carabiniers must always be chosen from seasoned and reliable soldiers. They were armed with straight sabers and pistols. (They even briefly became 'Horse Grenadiers'). In 1801 the strongest and tallest men and horses from the dissolved 19e, 20e, 21e and 22e Régiment d'Cavalerie were assigned to the horse carabiniers. Despite the flow of soldiers into their ranks in 1803 the two regiments were only 2 squadrons each. Napoleon strengthened them with young robust recruits and brought their strength to 3 and 4 squadrons. In the ranks of carabiniers alongside the Frenchmen served also quite a few Belgians. The carabiniers fought well in the following campaigns 1805, 1806, 1807 and in 1809. In 1809 with the temporary absence of the Guard cavalry, the 1er Carabiniers formed Napoleon's escort.

In 1809 the carabiniers suffered badly in the hands of Austrian uhlans and Napoleon ordered to give them armor. Chlapowski, among others, described this combat: "The cuirassier division arrived, with the brigade of carabiniers at its head. ... Soon an uhlan regiment in six squadrons trotted up to within 200 paces of the carabiniers and launched a charge at full tilt. It reached their line but could not break it, as the second regiment of carabiniers was right behind the first, and behind it the rest of the cuirassier division. I saw a great many carabiniers with lance wounds, but a dozen or so uhlans had also fallen." (Chlapowski - "Memoirs of a Polish Lancer" p 60)
After this and another fight with the Austrian uhlans, Napoleon decided to give armor to the carabiniers. Their new helmet was of yellow copper, with iron chinstrap scales and a headband with the letter 'N' in front. The crest had a scarlet comb instead of the cuirassiers black horsehair. The cuirasses were almost identical in design to those worn by the cuirassiers, although they were covered with a sheet of brass (for officers red copper). The visual effect was astounding !
Until the disastrous campaign in Russia in 1812 the carabiniers rode on big black horses. In 1813-1815 they were more flexible and rode on blacks, browns and dark bays. All the horses were of high quality, one of the best in Empire.
In 1805 the carabiniers received dragoon muskets. In 1810 their long straight sabers were replaced with slightly curved sabers (a la Montmorency). In 1812 the dragoon muskets were replaced with shorter cavalry carbines.


Current active Member count: 23 [+1]

Officer & NCO rank according to the order on the list.

Officiers (4)
Colonel Martastik
Lieutenant-Colonel Jolyon
Chef d'Escadron / Corniste Diffusion
Lieutenant Crunk

Sous-Officiers (3)
Maréchal des Logis Chef Raven
Marechal-des-logis / Port D'Aigle Kieran
Marechal-des-logis Redmond Barry

En-ligne (18)
Brigadier-Fourrier Khandur
Brigadier-Fourrier Wibpaint

Brigadier Dante
Brigadier Storck    ON HIATUS
Brigadier Roymar
Brigadier Vander
Brigadier Jack Spears
Brigadier Webster

Cavalier Scoutju
Cavalier Rskde
Cavalier Mien-Shan
Cavalier Porkins

Cadet Smithy
Cadet Honey Badger (Badger)

Recrue Turjid
Recrue Constance


All these times are in GMT+0 (UK time)

Monday: REGULAR SIGNUP 15th Regiment of Foot NATIVE LINEBATTLE - 7pm GMT -> 8pm GMT


Wednesday : REGULAR SIGNUP 33rd Regiment of Foot Linebattle - 7pm GMT -> 8pm GMT


Thursday: -7pm GMT -> 8pm GMT


Friday: - 7pm GMT -> 8pm GMT


Saturday: REGULAR SIGNUP 15th Regiment of Foot - 7pm GMT (attendance requested at 6:45pm GMT) -> 8pm GMT


Sunday: 3 NOVEMBER 17e LB - 7pm GMT -> 8pm GMT // Announcements - 8pm GMT -> 8:15pm GMT

Do you want to enlist?

Fill in this form and post it on this page to apply for a spot in the 1er Carabiniers! While we welcome nearly everyone, we do want to put emphasis on the EU times of our events. Non-EU players might find it hard to impossible to play at our times due to difference in timezones and/or ping issues. *In order to maintain a mature sense in the regiment, we will not accept people below age 16*


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