5th Dragoon Guards


Helixem 1705


This lithograph by Madeley published in 1838 is titled 'At the Forcing of the French Lines, 18th July 1705' It depicts the capture of the four Bavarian standards, a famous feat that remained a source of great regimental pride for the 5th Dragoon Guards. The Annals of Queen Anne contain this: "All the troops of the confederates behaved themselves with great bravery and resolution: but among the Horse the regiment of Brigadier Cadogan distinguished themselves, having had the honour to charge first, which they did with great success, that they defeated four squadrons of Bavarian Guards, drove them through two battalions of their own foot, and took four standards. And this with the loss only of Lieutenant Austin and some few men killed." The allied army captured nine Bavarian Colours and Standards in all.


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by Stephen Luscombe