This Day In History

1762 British force which includes the 40th Regiment (later 1st South Lancashires) invades the French island of Martinique in the West Indies.  The soldiers are ordered to land with three days provisions, a canteen of grog each, and their blankets.
1809 Battle of Corunna. After a long, demoralising and dreadful retreat from central Spain, the British army is forced to turn and fight to gain time for the Navy to come to its rescue. The 2nd / 81st (later 2nd Loyals) have a desperate, 2-hour fight on the right flank, running out of ammunition and losing over 160 killed and wounded before the French are repelled. 2nd/59th Foot (later 2nd East Lancashires) are sent to their aid and lose 60 killed and wounded, but their Grenadier and 1st Companies are the last British troops to disengage from the enemy. The army commander, Sir John Moore, is fatally wounded.
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Museum Pit Stop For Vintage Cars

Over 60 veteran, vintage and classic motor cars rolled into Fulwood Barracks on Sunday for a lunchtime pit-stop at the Lancashire Infantry Museum. They were taking part in the Lancashire Automobile Club’s 54th annual Manchester to Blackpool car run.

There was more than enough gorgeous machinery on display to make a grown man weak at the knees

Museum Friends members Tim and Barbara Dickson with their 1934-vintage Bentley. The car has been in the family since new

Museum Friends members Tim and Barbara Dickson with their 1934-vintage Bentley. The car has been in the family since new.

Morgan sports car puts its brolly up

Morgan sports car puts its brolly up

 

This delightful little Austin 7 has its own special history. In WWII it was owned by six successive Spitfire pilots, each of whom passed it on to the next. It has never been restored and its 700 cc engine recently passed the 400,000-mile mark

This delightful little Austin 7 has its own special history. In WWII it was owned by six successive Spitfire pilots, each of whom passed it on to the next. It has never been restored and its 700 cc engine recently passed the 400,000-mile mark.

 

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