18th century Redcoat and a 19th century Redcoat soldier

18th Century

After the 17th century, defensive armour virtually disappeared from the battlefield, in response to the development of firearms and their increase in power and accuracy.

Mobility was much more useful to a soldier than heavy armour.

Uniforms

The British Army gained its nickname the ‘Redcoats’ from the colour of the woollen coats a lot of the regiments wore.

The 18th and 19th century was a time of ornamental military uniforms. By mass-producing uniforms thousands of soldiers could be equipped quickly and standard sizes and designs were easier to replace on campaign. These colourful uniforms eventually gave way in the late 19th century to the khaki tunics more suited for actual combat.

18th century British cavalry sword

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Link to YouTube video of 18th century British cavalry sword


EASTERN WARRIORS: JAPAN

Throughout half term week there will be an assortment of activities for all the family which will bring history to life.

14 February 2015

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Did you know?

World's biggest bore!

The largest bore gun ever built, fired a 3 feet diameter cast iron ball weighing around 1 tonne, containing 215kg (400lbs) of gunpowder to a range of 2.4 kilometres (1.5 miles). It was designed by Robert Mallett and is on display at Fort Nelson.