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Mark Griffin, Albuera bicentenial

Postby Andy R » Tue May 10, 2011 2:19 pm

despite everything, Griff fell asleep.

A number of methods were used to wake him up, and they all failed.

Then the answer walked by........

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZPlBfw6E5U :devil:


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Re: Mark Griffin, Albuera bicentenial

Postby Mick,M » Tue May 10, 2011 2:45 pm

Things hear when you haven't got a gun :D



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Postby Andy R » Tue May 10, 2011 2:49 pm

No guns, but we did have a plastic bugle...


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Postby Phil the Grips » Tue May 10, 2011 2:50 pm

Those 'grips make him look remarkably like Hilary Briss


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Postby Thomas Hayman » Tue May 10, 2011 7:21 pm

Fantastic!


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Postby Mark Griffin » Tue May 10, 2011 8:52 pm

I so hate you.


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Postby Mark Griffin » Tue May 10, 2011 9:00 pm

However, the sight of the heavy and light dragoons brigaded together steaming downhill into the Vistulas followed closely by the brunswicks was fantastic. A bloomin brilliant weekend.

Those grips are available for hire by the way, childrens parties etc.


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Re: Mark Griffin, Albuera bicentenial

Postby Mick,M » Wed May 11, 2011 10:30 am

hooo :envy: if only I had the money, :| I'd be there in a flash, :P come you lottary numbers this time pleeeeeeease! :thumbup:



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Postby Andy R » Wed May 11, 2011 11:05 am

Mick,M wrote:hooo :envy: if only I had the money, :| I'd be there in a flash, :P come you lottary numbers this time pleeeeeeease! :thumbup:



The event is cheeper than spending a weekend at a horse supplier training.

Return flight was £70 (with a free coach laid on to ferry us between Madrid and Albuera) 3 meals provided a day with free beer and wine.

Steve Morris's extensive blagging skills in the Party Village (which had to be seen to be believed) got me free drink and food till 5 in the morning - later for Steve as he does not have the constitution of a weasel like what I does.

Horses were free and had the potential to do some amazing stunts - like my grey.....
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Postby John Waller » Wed May 11, 2011 11:44 am

Or go on the subsidised coach like I did for £20 - mind it did take over 28 hours each way! I can just about straighten my legs now. Next time I'll fly. It was a very cheap weekend away. Free (very basic) accomodation, food, wine, beer and powder. A great experience and a very good battle. The british cavalry looked great and my scratch battalion got off some great volleys. Good times. Sign up now for the road to Waterloo.


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Postby Andy R » Wed May 11, 2011 12:06 pm

Richard and Andy certainly missed you guys on the Sunday John...!!!



We had with the cavalry, the 1st Royal Dragoons and 18th Light Dragoons as the "Mongrol Brigade", and the 12th, 15th and 16th LD in the "Light Brigade".

In support were the Black Brunswick Hussars, and the Spanish Hussars (who Richard and Andy shot repeatedly on Sunday as Richard was sure they were French as he had a wargame unit painted just like them)

Anyway, here we were...
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Re: Mark Griffin, Albuera bicentenial

Postby John Waller » Wed May 11, 2011 12:20 pm

[quote="Andy R"]and the Spanish Hussars (who Richard and Andy shot repeatedly on Sunday as Richard was sure they were French as he had a wargame unit painted just like them)

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Easily done. We put a volley into a Spanish unit on Saturday. Fog of war and all that :)


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Re: Mark Griffin, Albuera bicentenial

Postby Zachos » Wed May 11, 2011 12:26 pm

How does one get involved in this kind of shenanigan?

The horses, not the waking up of Griff with a bagpipe.


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Re: Mark Griffin, Albuera bicentenial

Postby Andy R » Wed May 11, 2011 1:06 pm

John Waller wrote:
Andy R wrote:and the Spanish Hussars (who Richard and Andy shot repeatedly on Sunday as Richard was sure they were French as he had a wargame unit painted just like them)


Easily done. We put a volley into a Spanish unit on Saturday. Fog of war and all that :)


They told him they were Spanish, he just didn't believe them.

He just phoned up as it goes, and he says that it ranks as one of his best re-enactment events ever


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Re: Mark Griffin, Albuera bicentenial

Postby Andy R » Wed May 11, 2011 1:35 pm

Zachos wrote:How does one get involved in this kind of shenanigan?

The horses, not the waking up of Griff with a bagpipe.


Shortly after the bagpipe incident Mark could be seen bouncing down the concrete steps in the sports hall used for spectators to sit on to watch sports after they had be be-decked with matresses dressed only in a nightshirt and nightcap - it had to be seen to be believed.

Anyway, we are in the middle of the Napoleonic bicentenials, so some very interesting events are taking place all round the world.

Some groups were down in Argentina for the invasion in 1806 a few years back even.

The Peninsular events will be running till 2014, but due to Albuera being the only one that planned well, they are probably going to be the only big event, which is a crying shame.

This weekend there were over 100 horses on the field, and the field was perfect for cavalry.

Albuera (as an event) will continue as an annual event I am sure as it has been a steady fixture since 2001.

We are of course running up to Waterloo 2015. Waterloo 2010 saw 250 cavalry on the field.

Active British units are....

1st Royal Dragoons (The Troop)
12th Light Dragoons (LH (with cross dressing) unit starting this year and based in the east midlands)
15th Hussars (LH (no cross dressing) unit based in the east midlands - historically the hussars were not involved with most of the war)
16th Light Dragoons (less LH (with cross dressing) unit based in South East and North East Midlands with ties to SCUM and Destrier)

Most units are two hat, two coat units (pre 1812 and post 1812) except for the Hussars who just have two hats and two coats anyway, and the 1st RD who only do post 1812)

If you would like to know anything specific, do drop me a line.


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Postby Lord Byron » Wed May 11, 2011 5:53 pm

Phil the Grips wrote:Those 'grips make him look remarkably like Hilary Briss


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Re: Mark Griffin, Albuera bicentenial

Postby John Waller » Fri May 13, 2011 1:18 pm

A few snaps from Albuera on our website http://www.2ndfoot.org.uk/Gallery/2011/Albuera.shtml

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