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    ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

    The Ransacking of Wexford Oliver Cromwell

    The NEW MODEL ARMY a formation and brilliance that was to reflect in all military formations for the next 450 years.

    The Sack of Wexford took place on the 11th of October 1649, during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland, when the New Model Army under Oliver Cromwell took Wexford town in south-eastern Ireland.
    The English Parliamentarian troops broke into the town while the commander of the garrison, David Sinnot, was trying to negotiate a surrender – massacring soldiers and civilians alike.
    Much of the town was burned and its harbour was destroyed. Along with the Siege of Drogheda, the sack of Wexford is still remembered in Ireland as an infamous atrocity.

    Wexford was held by Irish Catholic forces throughout the Irish Confederate Wars. In the Irish Rebellion of 1641, over 1500 local men mustered in the town for the rebels.

    In 1642, Lord Mountgarret, the local Commander of the Confederate Catholic regime, ordered Protestants to leave Wexford. About 80 English Protestant refugees drowned when the boat evacuating them from Wexford sank.
    Wexford was also the base for a fleet of Confederate privateers, who raided English Parliamentary shipping and contributed 10% of their plunder to the Confederate government based in Kilkenny.
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    And sadly we still have to deal with the long shadow cast by those days.

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    Yes he has a lot to answer for on both sides of the Irish Sea, but his thought process and forward thinking was way ahead of the time in his configuration of the Army and Cavalry charges which we still did up to the end of WW1.



    History is amazing, had he taken on the role of Lord Protector and thus Royal family, we probably wouldn't have so many Germans in our Royals currently...............says he who is half Germanicon
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    Oliver Cromwell's been paying for his sins for 360 years. snicker. So have all the other oppressors who pestered us.
    "...up to the end of WW1..." That was Napoleonic. Haig and his cronies were all thinking in terms of the PBI making the break through to be followed by Cavalry exploitation. Very Napoleonic. Except when the CEF did it at Vimy, Haig had nobody waiting.
    "...wouldn't have so many Germans..." George I was called Germanicon George for a reason. Born in Hanover. Owned the titles and lands of the Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg. Hired 1 August 1714 when his 2nd cousin Anne died. Long after Ollie made his mess.
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