The Greys and Gordons

This scene was painted by Stanley Berkeley in 1898 and shows the start of the heroic charge of the Scots Greys with the men of the 92nd Gordon Highlanders hanging on to the stirrup leathers. Similar depictions of this unlikely occurrence were painted by Caton Woodville and others, all containing inaccuracies of uniform etc. This painting makes out that the Greys were fighting French cuirassiers in the initial stage of their charge. There is even a cuirassier carrying the eagle while the man on the left attempts to snatch it. But the eagle captured by the Scots Greys was of the 45th Regiment de Ligne, an infantry regiment in Baron Marcognet's 3rd Division.

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