WW1 British Officers; Swords or Swagger Sticks?

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  • [ – ] The_Mather reply Very interesting, nice work mate!
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  • [ – ] MaitreMarkScully reply In previous wars, I have read, that the enlisted men were only permitted to fight with other enlisted men and officers paired off and dueled each other. Napoleons fencing master La' Batt was said to have killed 12 Spanish officers in organised one on one dueling whilst the battle raged and one of Napoleons rank and file soldiers was court marshaled at Waterloo for taking a shot at Wellington as he road by observing the battle. But in WWI enlisted men were encouraged to kill officers. How war has changed.....
    • [ – ] MajorSvenGaming parent reply This is very interesting and not somthing I have ever heard of before, any references you could give me for this would be amazing.. I have heard that at Waterloo an artillery officer ran up to Wellington saying that Napoleon was in range of his guns and should he open fire but Wellington said no, however I feel this is more fantasy than reality as Napoleon was far behind the lines during the whole battle.. Anyway massive thank you for watching
      • [ – ] MaitreMarkScully parent reply You can find references to this through out many memoirs and accounts of battle. I read books and histories and often come across little accounts and events were an enlisted man would challenge an officer, it was thought rude and the enlisted man could be court marshaled but sometimes the challenge was accepted. Officers and gentlemen were above the average person, in a book I am reading now on Captain Richard Francis Burton, the family moves from France to Italy because an English Gentleman was charged and caused to front court for mealy running down an old peasant woman with his horse. Peasants and enlisted men were fair game and could be killed at will with no consequence as late as 1890s. Wellington himself was said to have killed more of his own men for disciplinary reasons than French men.
        • [ – ] MajorSvenGaming parent reply Wow, I am amazed, In the books i have read I saw none of that (the recollections of rifleman harris and the memoirs of sergeant bourgogne make no reference, though both are great books worth a read if your interested).. I need to look into this a great deal.. Might even be video worthy in the future I had no idea.. Is this the book your reading? if so I will order it now https://www.amazon.co.uk/Captain-Sir-Richard-Francis-Burton/dp/030681028X . Thanks again :)
          • [ – ] MaitreMarkScully parent reply Not that one, mine is by Byron Farwell, there has been a lot written about him. And he wrote a huge amount himself. Other interesting things kind of related, Scott of the antarctic would not tolerate enlisted men and officers eating at the same table, in every ice cave or hut he demanded an officers mess separate from the enlisted men. And even in WWI men were shot at dawn for insulting an officer.
            • [ – ] MaitreMarkScully parent reply Have you seen the film 'Mountains of the Moon'? One of my favorite movies ever.
              • [ – ] MajorSvenGaming parent reply Never heard of it but will need to have a look at it.. The Journey of Richard Burton and John Speke in their expedition to Central Africa.. count me in :) I am all over history stuff... also is this the book? if so then I will get it and have a read https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/cka/Burton-Life-Sir-Richard-Francis-Byron-Farwell/0140120688
                • [ – ] MaitreMarkScully parent reply yes, that is the book -page 11, speaking about how bad France had become '...and in Tours an English gentleman was actually threatened with prison for the mere riding down of an old lady with his horse.' and I'm sure that in his early days there was a mention of an enlisted man challenging an officer gentleman and how absurd it was that he thought he could fight someone above his rank.
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