EMPEROR’S CHAMBERMAIDS : THE STORY OF THE 14TH / 20TH KING’S HUSSARS.

Oatts, Lt.-Col. L. B.


£35.00




1st ed., 1973. 518 pp., cold., plates + b&w photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 25 x 18cm. Small repair & crease to d.j., at foot of rear o/w V.G.+. This is the chronological story of two Cavalry regiments, the 14th and 20th Light Dragoons, which were eventually amalgamated after World War I to form the 14th / 20th King’s Hussars. The author’s fascinating and often amusing history takes us from the Jacobite rebellions through the long struggle with Napoleon when, in 1813 after the battle of Vittoria, the 14th got their nickname by capturing the silver chamber-pot, originally owned by Napoleon, from King Joseph Bonaparte’s carriage. The author continues through the Indian Wars to both Regiments fighting the Boers in South Africa and the horrors of the Great War in France and Mesopotamia are fully described. With the rise of Hitler’s Germany the horse gave way to the tank and the amalgamated Regiment went through its frustrating period of World War II and the post-war period as part of the Royal Armoured Corps.


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