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Initially the battledress had no distinguishing marks (largely for security reasons) but various regimental badges and other forms of identification have gradually come into use. fm Page 25 Monday, August 14, 2006 4:11 PM 25 Beaugé, battle of battle honours battle honours Officers and occasionally other ranks were given medals to commemorate a successful battle during the 18th century. The concept of battle honours for a regiment evolved from this so that by 1768 the 15th Light Dragoons (King’s Hussars (15th)) noted their success at the battle of Emsdorf by wearing the name on their headdress and the honour on their regimental colours.

He served in the Seven Years’ War and was captured at Valencia de Alcántara (1762). He sat as a Tory MP and then went to America (1774) and fought at Bunker Hill (1775). He then led an expedition from Canada (1777) and took Ticonderoga, but later surrendered to General Gates at Saratoga. He crossed the House and became a Whig and was commander-in-chief in Ireland (1782–83). Burgoyne was also a playwright of some reputation producing ‘The Maid of the Oaks’ (1775) and ‘The Heiress’ (1786).

Abbreviation BFA Blenheim, battle of (1704; War of the Spanish Succession) The Duke of Marlborough invaded Bavaria interposing Allied forces between the French on the Upper Danube and Vienna. The French were massed near the village of Blenheim at the confluence of the Danube and the Nebel. Louis William I of Baden-Baden was deployed to besiege Ingolstadt, while Marlborough with General Lord John Cutts and Prince Eugene of Savoy on his right with a force of 52,000 faced Marshal Comte Ferdinand de Marsin and Marshal Comte Camille de Tallard with a force of 60,000 which hinged on Blenheim (15 August).

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