War Diaries Talk


  • Stork by Stork

    What is Talavera in the 27th + 29th days? I can't find anything online about that word which is worth celebrating.


  • josiepegg by josiepegg

    the Battle of Talavera - 27th 28th July 1809 - http://www.britishbattles.com/peninsular-war/battle-of-talavera/


  • ral104 by ral104 moderator, scientist

    The Battle of Talavera, which was fought during the Peninsular War: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Talavera

    The 48th Foot, which was one of the Northamptonshire Regiment's predecessor units, carried out a successful bayonet charge during the battle.

    ETA: Josie beat me to it! 😄


  • marie.eklidvirginmedia.com by marie.eklidvirginmedia.com

    The Battle of Talavera (27–28 July 1809) was fought just outside the town of Talavera de la Reina, Spain some 120 kilometres (75 mi) southwest of Madrid, during the Peninsular War. At Talavera an Anglo-Spanish army under Sir Arthur Wellesley combined with a Spanish army under General Cuesta in operations against French-occupied Madrid. The French army withdrew at night after several of its attacks had been repulsed. ( Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington*). (1769–1852)

    Talvera Peninsula War Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Talavera

    Also: Also page 262-righthand side mentioning Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=TrcTAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA262&lpg=PA262&dq=Celebrations+for+Talavera+Day+Malta&source=bl&ots=YfE26MeFtc&sig=AKaFU4qbMSWIrAWgKysKQlrocSo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi1jNfw5IXSAhXLI8AKHZQXCskQ6AEINjAF#v=onepage&q=Celebrations for Talavera Day Malta&f=false

    Looks like we were researching this information at the same time as each other.


  • erik.schaubroeckscarlet.be by erik.schaubroeckscarlet.be

    Talavera is mentioned in the regimental badge of the Northamptonshire regiment http://armyservicenumbers.blogspot.be/2009/07/northamptonshire-regiment-1st-2nd.html


  • David_Underdown by David_Underdown moderator

    Every regiment has its regimental day (now following all the amalgamations since the Second World War, usually more than one), celebrating some particularly illustrious action from the regiment's past. For example Minden Day is celebrated by several regiments. Sort of a regimental birthday in a way.


  • marie.eklidvirginmedia.com by marie.eklidvirginmedia.com

    Minden Day Article Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minden_Day

    The celebration of the day involves the wearing of "Minden Roses" on the regimental head dress, and in the case of the infantry regiments, the decoration of the regimental colours with garlands of roses. This recalls that the regiments wore wild roses at the battle that they had plucked from the hedgerows as they advanced to engage the enemy.

    The link also shows an image of the presentation of roses to commemorate Minden Day in Saint Helier, Jersey - a plaque recording Jersey's association with the Battle of Minden can be seen in the background.

    The colours of roses varies: red is used by most of the units, but white is favoured by the Light Infantry and red and yellow by the Royal Anglians. In some cases this reflects parts of the regimental recruiting areas: the Light Infantry is associated with part of Yorkshire (represented by a white rose), the Fusiliers with part of historic Lancashire and the Princess of Wales's area includes Hampshire (both counties having red roses as insignia).