"HELVETIORUM FIDEI AC VIRTUTI ("To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss")" - Inscription on the Lion Monument
Everything can be bought, even loyalty. Imagine you are a French king and subsequently you are in the middle of a whirlwind of intrigues, conspiracies and schemes. You can not trust your fellow Frenchmen as every Frenchman could take part in a plot against you. What can you do? Turn to somebody foreign, someone who is not stained by French treachery. The Swiss had a long and reputable background in the field of mercenarism, dating back to the middle ages. The thing that made them the most famous and reliable mercenaries during the XVI and XVII centuries was their professionalism, loyalty and discipline.
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"Marshal Maurice de Saxe, whose Reveries on the Art of War was a curious mixture of conservative and progressive ideas, was reluctant to abandon the pike"
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The in game model of the Pikemen seems to resemble the appearance of the 1st Foot Guards during the Battle of Sedgemoor.
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The "1650-1720 Dutch musket" is a flintlock, smoothbore musket. Probably it was used during the Nine Years' War and the War of the Spanish Succession.
Every respectable blue-blooded nobleman needs a personal bodyguard or kind of private army. In addition, the blue color was always one of the national symbols of the Netherlands along the orange. These were the reasons why William III of Orange created "de Blauwe Garde" or the Blue Guard (their official designation was "Infantry Regiment number 4 Nassau-Saarbrucken").
From 1688 to 1699 the regiment served in England as personal guard to William. At the time of their arrival in England they numbered 2000 men and took over the duties of guarding the St. James's Palace. It was during this period when the Blue Guard distinguished itself especially at the Battle of the Boyne in which they led the attack at the main ford of the river, the regimen…
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The 33rd Regiment of Foot was one of the most prominent regiments of the British Army during the XVIII century. The regiment earned its nickname "The Pattern" because of the professionalism and discipline displayed during the American Revolutionary War, they also became the model of soldiering and discipline which other regiments should follow. In 1702 Colonel George Hastings, 8th Earl of Huntingdon, was authorised by Queen Anne to raise a new regiment, which he did in and around the city of Gloucester. As was the custom in those days the regiment was named "Huntingdon's Regiment" after its Colonel. The regiment changed its name according to its current colonel until July 1 1751, when a Royal warrant reorganised the British infantry units…
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