The 44th (East Essex) Regiment of Foot: Re-enactors

During our recent visit to Walmer Castle we saw members of the 44th (East Essex) Regiment of Foot re-enactment group both in camp and conducting a display.

In CampThe re-enactors had a very authentic-looking camp with a soldier guarding the Regimental Colours, …

… an extensive encampment for the rank-and-file, …

… and separate, better-quality tents for the officers!

The DisplayThe Colonel …

… put the regiment through its paces, beginning with a parade into the display area.

The regiment then demonstrated their arms drill …

… before marching forward …

… to demonstrate how a musket was loaded and fired, and what a musket volleys sounded like.

The display ended with the regiment forming up …

… and charging the crowd!

There may not have been many of them, but the 44th Regiment of Foot re-enactors certainly put on a good show.


8 Comments on “The 44th (East Essex) Regiment of Foot: Re-enactors”

  1. Conrad Kinch says:

    A brutal and licentious soldiery to be sure.

  2. Tim Gow says:

    I confess to being deeply envious of the Colonel's hat….

  3. Stryker says:

    They may be small in numbers but they manage to 'fill out' the ranks – must be on some cushy garrison posting – I fear if I joined their ranks I would fit in very well!

  4. Chris Kemp says:

    They are, of course, a properly scaled wargames regiment. Their anatomical proportions are way off-kilter however, with tiny heads, hands and feet, impossibly slender muskets, and wide variation in figure heights.

    Regards, Chris.

  5. Conrad Kinch,

    True … but only at weekends!

    All the best,


  6. Tim Goe,

    As the old saying states 'if you want to get ahead, get a hat'. This chap got the best hat … and became the colonel!

    All the best,


  7. Stryker,

    I suspect that this regiment's frontage might not conform to Bruce Quarrie's Napoleonic war games rules … and would not be improved by my presence in the ranks either!

    All the best,


  8. Chris Kemp,

    I totally agree! The manufacturer should be shot for turning out such shoddy figures.

    All the best,


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