In the heat of a Spanish summer, with temperatures soaring to an amazing 35c. a strong contingent of the Regiment joined with others from the Napoleonic Association to take part in a re-enactment of the famous siege. The organisers had gone to great lengths to provide scaling ladders, ropes, rope ladders and all sorts of other aids to scale walls and cross ditches and in the end history was repeated as the gallant and exhausted Brits. clambered into the Town and evicted the enemy accompanied by the cheers of an enthusiastic audience.
The taking of Ciudad Rodrigo - 2017
Later in the weekend, we were taken to the small, but renowned town of Fuentes De Onoro where we found ourselves involved in a street battle with the French, that was as close as a group of re-enactors could get to what happened in the town in May 1811.
Ending of course with a significant allied victory. But our visit was not all all hard work as we found many occasions to relax and enjoy the great Spanish hospitality laid on for us.
THE ORDNANCE DEPOT AT WEEDON OPENS IT’S GATES
The most iconic “Napoleonic Site in Britain ?”
In early August 2017, The Weedon Ordnance Depot opened its doors to the public for the first time in 2 years. In Celebration of the launch of the soon to be completed visitors centre and future 7 day a week public access, this was a weekend of great celebration for all supporters of this iconic establishment. A commercial site it will of course remain, but with the preservation of many of the original buildings and the canal spur guaranteed and with the help of English Heritage, the depot’s historical links will be preserved. The 44th were there and were the stars of the show as over 2000 people visited the site over the weekend.
The Regiment at Home - Tilbury Fort
Early in the Summer of 2017, the 44th staged a Living History and Drill Weekend at Tilbury Fort in Essex. Tilbury has regularly hosted the Regiment’s training days throughout the winter months and this was a chance to repay their hospitality by staging an open weekend for the public. Over the two days, hundreds of visitors were able to explore the Regiment’s camp site and were treated to a variety of displays and demonstrations.
The Brown Bess Musket was of course the star of the show, members of the Regiment spent a great deal of time explaining how a flint lock musket works, its features and limitations and of course demonstrations of the firepower of these guns was everybody’s favourite moment.
There were also many opportunities to spend time talking about the early nineteenth century and the Regiment’s role in the Napoleonic Wars and those of North America.