The French Duelist - Det

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While nursing marching feet back into complete obedience I think back on the past few days. I have actively attended an event in England - the great Military Odyssey 2011 in Detling. There, marching as a soldier, being part of the colour party, I have stood both as the defender of the colours and as the bearer of them. I had a great time also in camp and taking part in battles even if my shoes decided to have one up on me in making their soles the worse during a march. On the last day of battle I have dueled a French officer with a sword (as this was also the only weapon I bore in hand, defending the colours and giving them a chance to escape before the French could take them. This is how we slowed - also with muskets - the French so that the colours could reach our Hussars in safety). I have not died there, and I was later told by the French officer (as a trained fencer actually) upon learning that I did not train fencing anywhere, that I was brave. He did ask twice whether I had any previous learning, so I hope that is to be taken as a compliment.

Our death had been in the defense of our (British) gun and our officer, and had been but four people against the very great number of French. We lead a charge anyway, against all odds and with the expected result.

I also had a rather deeper nick on the sword (not mine, oops) that came from the duel.

It was a great time there, and although I was not able to see all of the things happening there because of participation in the things, I look fondly on the occasion! I hope and am more than certain that it will be repeated again.

This year had been really surprising and fun. First Finland in the era of the 18th century, and then Great Britain in the era of Napoleon. :) I've met many wonderful people on the way too!

But that's enough said.  

Huzzah!
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gee231205's avatar
Sounds like you have had a fantastic time. I didn't realise this was going on so near to where I live which is a shame.
Gekster's avatar
It happens every year so if you want to go, you can just mark it up for next year! It goes happening around the Bank holidays, or what these are called! Look up Military Odyssey and I think the dates could be on there already. If not, that is what you ought to watch for on the site! :) Heads up so you don't miss it next time It is well worth the visit! Biggest thing I think! LOADS of periods and things going on!
gee231205's avatar
It sounds like a lot of fun, I should really make an effort to go seeming it is so near to me.
Gekster's avatar
Well, it is well worth a visit. And if you can , coming more than one day only. The battles and all change! :) But all that is only if you feel like going! No pressure there! Where do you live anyway? Don't remember if you've told me!
gee231205's avatar
I shall definitely think about it :). I live in Sittingbourne.
Radavik's avatar
Wow, I didn't realise you were into re-enacting. I've done a bit from the WWI era. I look forward to photos.
Gekster's avatar
I am! It is what kept me so busy for the past while. Needed to sew my trousers and my shirt, and my gaiters. I am thinking of sewing my own coat although I am using another one from the regiment at the moment. I am still in Great Britain so anything will have to come later! :D I am doing my favourite period so that's enough said! There were plenty of the ww1 and ww2 here too. Basically all possible periods. Even had indians (With wonderful looking clothes, some even walking about barefoot!) There were even tanks there O.O and well, some mini tanks, but since we were on in such short time - I was not able to make as many pictures of others as I would have liked! Ah well. :) Next time!
Radavik's avatar
Zulu and Indian Mutiny are my favourite periods (but there aren't any re-enactors here for those eras T_T). I find the closed single row of buttons on army tunics more elegant and 'sharp' than the open two row coatees of the Napoleonic period. It was the last romantic era of soldiering. Besides, I like bearskins and pith helmets, neither of which are in the Napoleonic era unfortunately. Have a look at this, and tell me your thoughts compared to the ones you saw: [link]
Gekster's avatar
Ah, that is the opposite of what I prefer. I find the odd helmets rather unappealing, but love shakoes , busbies, and many of the other types of head gear of the time. I don't understand what you mean with the rows and buttons, so you might need to elaborate on that! Or if you have pictures to compare, that would be easiest!

It isn't the period I much prefer(speaking of the link) as the colours are so dull and odd, but as for the presentation it does look good and period like! I have not met with many of that period while attending, but of of what I remember I think you lot are good too! :)
Radavik's avatar
I'll try to find some examples of what I mean. Its just a personal preference though, not saying one is better than the other. So, back to school?
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