The last stand of 2nd Bn Royal Munster Fusiliers at Etreux, Acrylic in progress

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  1. soren1941

    soren1941 Living in Ypres

    This one is in progress, I thought that you might like to be kept updated::


    Here is some info:
    The Etreux Action

    And the trusted wikipedia here:

    Étreux - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The 2nd. Royal Munster Fusiliers, in their very first action in France, achieved a military feat unparalleled in modern warfare.[1] A brigade may occasionally have the task of trying to delay a whole enemy division. A division may perhaps be deployed in an attempt to turn aside or halt an advancing army corps - but for a single battalion to stem the advance of an entire army by their sole action was unprecedented. In fact, less than a battalion strength, just 3 companies of the 2nd. Battalion of The Munsters halted the advance of the German Army for fourteen hours in the area of Oisny & Etreux during the retreat from Mons, thus enabling the rest of the British Army to withdraw to a safe distance of twelve miles. They were outnumbered at odds of over 6 to 1, and when finally defeated, the survivors were congratulated on their supreme bravery by the German soldiers they had fought.

    In 1922, a cross was erected in an orchard in Etreux, just behind the railway station, to the memory of 120 men of the Munsters's 2nd. Battalion who fell there in their last stand on 27th. August 1914. The officers and men of the Regiment who died in that battle are buried there alongside the carved monumental cross dedicated to their memory. Part of the inscription reads " In proud and lasting memory of ..... the officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the 2nd. Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers ..... who laid down their lives during The Great War in the cause of Freedom and Justice, 1914-1918"
    Here is some info:
    The Etreux Action

    And the trusted wikipedia here:

    Étreux - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The 2nd. Royal Munster Fusiliers, in their very first action in France, achieved a military feat unparalleled in modern warfare.[1] A brigade may occasionally have the task of trying to delay a whole enemy division. A division may perhaps be deployed in an attempt to turn aside or halt an advancing army corps - but for a single battalion to stem the advance of an entire army by their sole action was unprecedented. In fact, less than a battalion strength, just 3 companies of the 2nd. Battalion of The Munsters halted the advance of the German Army for fourteen hours in the area of Oisny & Etreux during the retreat from Mons, thus enabling the rest of the British Army to withdraw to a safe distance of twelve miles. They were outnumbered at odds of over 6 to 1, and when finally defeated, the survivors were congratulated on their supreme bravery by the German soldiers they had fought.

    In 1922, a cross was erected in an orchard in Etreux, just behind the railway station, to the memory of 120 men of the Munsters's 2nd. Battalion who fell there in their last stand on 27th. August 1914. The officers and men of the Regiment who died in that battle are buried there alongside the carved monumental cross dedicated to their memory. Part of the inscription reads " In proud and lasting memory of ..... the officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the 2nd. Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers ..... who laid down their lives during The Great War in the cause of Freedom and Justice, 1914-1918"
    Here is some info:
    The Etreux Action

    And the trusted wikipedia here:

    Étreux - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The 2nd. Royal Munster Fusiliers, in their very first action in France, achieved a military feat unparalleled in modern warfare.[1] A brigade may occasionally have the task of trying to delay a whole enemy division. A division may perhaps be deployed in an attempt to turn aside or halt an advancing army corps - but for a single battalion to stem the advance of an entire army by their sole action was unprecedented. In fact, less than a battalion strength, just 3 companies of the 2nd. Battalion of The Munsters halted the advance of the German Army for fourteen hours in the area of Oisny & Etreux during the retreat from Mons, thus enabling the rest of the British Army to withdraw to a safe distance of twelve miles. They were outnumbered at odds of over 6 to 1, and when finally defeated, the survivors were congratulated on their supreme bravery by the German soldiers they had fought.

    In 1922, a cross was erected in an orchard in Etreux, just behind the railway station, to the memory of 120 men of the Munsters's 2nd. Battalion who fell there in their last stand on 27th. August 1914. The officers and men of the Regiment who died in that battle are buried there alongside the carved monumental cross dedicated to their memory. Part of the inscription reads " In proud and lasting memory of ..... the officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the 2nd. Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers ..... who laid down their lives during The Great War in the cause of Freedom and Justice, 1914-1918"
     

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  2. soren1941

    soren1941 Living in Ypres

    Further along
     

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  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Great Stuff mate...Love the Rifleman with his cap back to front.
     
  4. soren1941

    soren1941 Living in Ypres

    A little further again
     

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    soren1941 Living in Ypres

    A little further
     

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  6. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    Major Paul Charrier, the charasmatic Company Commander who fell in this action, wore a solar topee on the 27th; something he always wore, with the Hackle of the RMF in it.

    You might also find this of interest?

    2nd Royal Munster Fusiliers - Great War Forum
     
  7. soren1941

    soren1941 Living in Ypres

    Major Paul Charrier, the charasmatic Company Commander who fell in this action, wore a solar topee on the 27th; something he always wore, with the Hackle of the RMF in it.

    Would this resemble a pith helmet?
     
  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    a solar topee
    Would this resemble a pith helmet?

    Two Patterns here.
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  10. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    Two Patterns here.
    [​IMG]

    The one Charrier wore is on the right (the MO with the Red Cross armband).
     
  11. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Soren,

    Another great painting that captures the atmosphere.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  12. soren1941

    soren1941 Living in Ypres

    I'm certain that I will never be that talennted
     
  13. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    Your art is just different, mate - and there's plenty of talent there!
     
  14. soren1941

    soren1941 Living in Ypres

    I had looked for a photo of him, but no dice, so I've made him up...
     

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  15. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Soren

    as ever ,excellent work and please contine to share.
     

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