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 Post subject: British Hussars and the First World War
PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:37 am 
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Ok - at first you going to say, "what on earth does this subject have to do with the Napoleonic Wars?"

Ok - dont panic .. I am not about to help produce a game that has miles and miles of trenches, cavalry galloping into MG nests and what not. And I doubt that Napoleon would have cared for mustard gas either ;)

In doing research on the British army for the period 1792-1800 I discovered that the Hussar regiments were converted Light Dragoon regiments which did not come on the scene until 1805. Four Light Dragoon regiments were converted - they were the 7th, 10, 15 and 18th. I was looking to see if I needed to hunt down a British hussar image. Not needed. Hussars were not in existence at this time.

Question: what were the names/numbers of the British Hussars? The article on the Napoleon Series forum did not list their names/numbers. I suspect they were renumbered as 1,2,3 and 4th, correct?

So I was reading through a topic on the British cavalry commanders on the Napoleon Series website and found this statement at:
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http://www.napoleon-series.org/military ... Intro.html[/url]

"I have chosen to cover the entire period from 1793 until 1815 (and beyond, until 1818 in some cases) as this is the generally accepted range of the ‘Napoleonic Wars’. This name is, of course, a misnomer, since Napoleon was a mere junior officer at the start of it all. The combats and stations of the British regiments chronicled will demonstrate that the period was, in reality, the true First World War; European troops fought and died in North America, South America, Egypt, India, Java, Mauritius, the West Indies. The insular pre-radio society of the time was unable to envisage, let alone understand, the bigger picture."

I beg to differ with the writer who forgot that the First World War was probably earlier - the Seven Years War. In that war you had men and women fighting in Europe, North and South America, India, the East Indies, you name it. Wherever European interests lay via the high seas there was conflict.

The Napoleonic Wars, according to the writer, would then be called "World War II." World War III would be the war of 1914-18. World War IV would be that of 1936-1945, the starting year up in the air but definitely NOT 1939 when you consider that Germany was pushing their military around in Europe, China and Japan and also Russia vs. Japan (briefly) were at war and what not.

But the Napoleonic Wars were not the First World War. The Seven Years War holds that distinction if you look at it from his viewpoint.

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 Post subject: Re: British Hussars and the First World War
PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:25 am 
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A friend of mine emailed me the names of the British hussars. They were:

7th (Queen's Own)
10th (Pr. of Wales)
15th (King's Own)
18th (no name, just Hussars).

They kept the numbering of the regiments of the cavalry.

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