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By WENDY SKILTON

Эта книга иллюстрирует обмундирование музыки современных военных частей британской гвардии. Королевская гвардия (по прозвищу "Bearskins" - "медвежьи шкуры") ? это личная охрана английского монарха. В наши жизнь опасаться за жизнь короля или королевы особенно не приходится, и сегодня гвардейцы выполняют, в основном, церемониальные обязанности. Однако гвардейские традиции зародились около трёх веков назад, когда британские монархи действительно выходили на поле боя. Солдат в гвардейские полки отбирали очень строго, это были лучшие части.

Британская гвардейская дивизия состоит сегодня из двух конных и пяти пехотных полков. Кавалерия ? это Лейб-гвардейский конный полк (его форма ? красные мундиры, а зимой еще и красные накидки) и Конногвардейский королевский полк ? в синих мундирах и в синих накидках. Пехотные полки гвардии Её величества ? Колдстримский, Гренадерский, Шотландский, Ирландский и Валлийский. Все гвардейцы-пехотинцы носят высокие медвежьи шапки и красные мундиры. То есть отличить друг от друга солдат того или иного полка непросто ? разве что по расположению пуговиц на мундире и цвету кокарды на шапке.

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These sort of men be those that do not lightly quit the field, but bide the brunt to the death,' observed Nowell. ' Stanihurst described them in 1584 as 'altogether sanguinary and by no means inclined to give quarter', elsewhere adding that 'should they come to close fighting, they either soon kill, or are killed'. This he puts down to the fact that upon recruitment each galloglass swore a great oath that he would never turn his back on the enemy, whatever the circumstances. Certainly, of the nine battles of galloglasses fielded by Burke at the Battle of Knockdoe there escaped 'but one thin battalion'.

Neither did I ever see them perform anything with bold resolution. ' Elsewhere he accuses them of 'basely withdrawing from danger' when threatened, 39 and of giving little help to their infantry, citing the Battle of Kinsale where they broke their own foot in their haste to get away. By contrast he observes that 'our English horsemen, having deep war saddles and using pistols as well as spears and swords, and many of them having corselets and like defensive arms, and being bold and strong for encounters and long marches, and of greater stature than the Irish, our troops must needs have great advantage over theirs'.

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