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Published on Aug 8, 2012
The Battle of Minden 1759
On 1st August 1759 Kingsley's Regiment (later the Lancashire Fusiliers) was found facing a French Army near the small German village of Minden. Battle ensued and as the fighting reached a climax, a misunderstood order launched several battalions of British Infantry, including Kingsley's Regiment, unsupported, towards the French. The battalions advanced in line against French guns and repeated attacks by French cavalry. Standing firm and in line, the British infantry repulsed several attacks by French cavalry and continued the advance ultimately leading to the defeat of the French Army. This incredible feat of arms had never been achieved before or after the Battle of Minden. The commander of the French Army, Marshal Contades is recorded as saying: "I never thought to see a single line of infantry break through three lines of cavalry ranked in order of battle and tumble them to ruin"
After the battle the Commander of the Allied Forces, Prince Ferdinand issued the following orders:
Minden, 2nd August 1759. "Kingsley's Regiment of the British line, from its severe loss, will cease to do duty."
Minden, 4th August 1759. "Kingsley's Regiment, at its own request, will resume its portion of duty in the line."
Minden Day is commemorated by serving and retired members of the Regiment wearing Red and Yellow Roses.