The Greys at The Schellenberg


This drawing from Cecil Lawson's History of the Uniforms of the British Army (vol 1) illustrates the role of dragoons at the Schellenburg. One of their duties was collecting and making fascines for the infantry to throw into the trenches and pits to enable them to get across. On the tapestry of the battle of Danauworth/Schellenberg at Blenheim Palace, there are dragoons on pale horses, probably the Royal Scots Dragoons, carrying fascines across the front of their saddles. But it would be odd to immortalise the Greys at Schellenberg for carrying out this mundane task when they made such an impact in the final stage of the battle.


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by Stephen Luscombe