Kemmendyne


Joseph Moore’s print of the attack on Kemmendyne shows the infantry marching into the breach as if on parade. The men even have their muskets at the slope rather than ready to use in the battle. The frontal attack was made by two infantry regiments and artillery.  The 13th had two companies around the other side of the fort.  There would have been other companies of the 13th taking part in the frontal attack and they are either the men in the foreground or the men in the middle distance.  Light infantry never went into battle in a column as seen here, they were trained to move independently using cover where possible. The staff officers on the right huddle around Brigadier-General Campbell, wearing capes against the wet climate to protect their gold braid. The men’s shakos are protected with oilskin covers and have the plumes removed.


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by Stephen Luscombe