Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!! - His Majesty, Henri-Phillippe VII, of St. Maurice cordially wishes His tow or three friends, as well as his vast array of enemies a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Blessings to you all.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Life Guard - In his marvelous book, "Charge! Or How To Play War Games," Brigadier Peter Young states that the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, "may have a life-guard of not more than ten troopers." In the kingdom of St. Maurice, this service is performed admirably by a squadron of mamelukes.
These excellent
light horsemen impressed His Majesty while exiled... er, on vacation in Egypt, and he brought a detachment with him when he returned home. This nonsense that Napoleon 1st was responsible for introducing these exotic soldiers to the world seems to be yet another example of yet another credit placed upon that miserable Corsican for someone else's idea. The squadron (also referred to as The Khomene Light Horse) is always in attendance when His Majesty takes the field, and occasionally with some senior commanders. Marshall Neigh in particular seems to make good use of the bodyguard. It may be simple coincidence that he is also the general least popular with the troops.