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.

4 comments:

Mr.Wall said...

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abdul666 said...

'Turqueries' were indeed already fashionable by Lace Wars times - from Polish 'Janissaries' to Prussian Bosniaks in turban.
I greatly appreciate when Imagi-Nation builders add such a(na)chronical exotic types to their forces.
A very glamorous bodyguard!

Jean-Louis

ColCampbell50 said...

Ummm, I have a small number of Mamelukes for my French Napoleonic army. Maybe they can do double duty as an escort unit.

Nice looking troops, thanks.

Jim

tradgardmastare said...

As one considering a body guard ( ala Charge) for my armies at the moment you have really inspired me.A super unit Sir!