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Gentlemen of the French guard,fire first !

Discussion in 'Military History' started by Vergennes, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. Vergennes

    Vergennes Strategist Staff Member MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    @PARIKRAMA @Abingdonboy @Gessler @randomradio @Levina Past wars-wars of gentlemen ?
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    The eighteenth-century punctiliousness over fine points of the military game may be illustrated by the famous legend of the encounter between the English Guards and the French Guards at the Battle of Fontenoy in the War of the Austrian Succession. When the Red Line and the White Line had approached one another to within point-blank range, an English officer is said to have stepped forward from the ranks, made his bow to the enemy, and cried: “Gentlemen of the French Guard, fire first!”

    The gentlemen of the French guards would have been shocked to do anything so rude,and Count d'Auteroche replies "Fire gentlemen,the French guard never fire first!".

    The British guard finally fired first.

    battle-of-fontenoy.jpg Colonels of the French Guards and British Guards politely discussing who should fire first at the battle of Fontenoy (1745).
     
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  2. WhyCry

    WhyCry Reaper Love IDF NewBie

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    Gentleman! you can't say that no more. Both are nuclear nations. :biggthumpup:
     
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  3. Levina

    Levina Guest

    Lol
    That was funny.
    Could you tell us more about this war?
    If they were so gentlemanly why did they decide to go on a war in the first place?
    Is there more to it? Have I missed something?
     
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    OverLoad BANNED BANNED

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    If it happend in 18th centuray Lakhnau (India) then may have been war not started for few days since Nawabs of Lakhnau famous in pehlay app pehlay app (means you first).
     
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