When did people stop commemorating the Napoleonic Wars?

Discussion in 'theory, philosophy & history' started by Slo-mo, Mar 2, 2018.

  1. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    Yeh. Building columns and stations obvs passive :rolleyes: and beacons early warning system, not in any sense passive or commemorative

    Try again
  2. StoneRoad

    StoneRoad heckling from the back!

    Also, I suspect that sometimes a family or home area connection will keep commemorations of past events going longer than otherwise.
    There might be a local history society for the areas concerned, but as since a lot of the Napoleonic era warfare was at sea or abroad, the UK has rather less means of marking such events ...
  3. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    of course they're commemorative and equally they're passive, just as the tapestry is passive but getting it out every year century after century for a commemoration is as active as marching around the Cenotaph.

    Locals wouldn't have renamed prominent hills if the Armada hadn't been sighted. Many fortifications were created during the 20th century wars and previously but then abandoned unused without changing either official or local names. I'm surprised you think our heritage doesn't reflect important historic events, but does somehow dwell on the preparation for them.
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  4. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    there are plenty of Martello towers, Palmerston & Royal Commission forts, Brennan Torpedo stations and so on built to defend against invasion (then and later) that could but don't act as a focus for commemoration. Had any of the invasions actually happened and those places been put to use they would probably be prayed at annually.
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  5. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    I think you'll find beacons in many places were situated for other reasons and often pre- or postdated the Armada, e.g. Brecon beacons. Naming a hill beacon does not in itself associate the naming with 1588 or any of the other Armadas (Armadi?). Your simplistic, anachronistic notions much as I expected.
  6. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    your tawdy insults much as I expected.

    Beacons around Brecon were apparently to warn about invading English, which presumably happened pretty regularly. While I don't doubt that signal fires on top of hills in England predate the Armada, I've found no evidence a co-ordinated system was ever used in anger to protect the country prior to it. Can you produce any?

    1372 apparently see here :The DNA of the ROC

    Calling somewhere a beacon and calling it Beacon Hill are not the same. None of the Beacon Hill descriptions I've looked at show that specific name predating the Armada, though almost all of them mention it. Obviously the tallest hill for miles around would have had a historic name, esp as many of them were ancient hillforts. At least a couple, Harting Beacon and Lytchett Beacon were apparently renamed after the Armada. I think your suggestion that the name Beacon Hill was widely used before the Armada needs verification.
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  7. mojo pixy

    mojo pixy unquantifiable hazards

    Around Portsmouth there's a ring of fortifications, including several in the sea, that date from Napoleonic times - at least, times when fear of a French invasion was high. A couple are museums (one in particular, Fort Brockhurst, is a museum specifically about these Palmerston's Follies, and is fairly interesting, at least for anyone interested in that kind of thing obvs). A few are still used by the MOD for various reasons, one of the sea forts is a restaurant now, at least one has been used and maybe is still used as a centre for immigrants being 'processed'.

    Portsmouth is a bit special in this respect though, around the area are numerous military objects dating back centuries, and just about every war England has ever been in is commemorated there somewhere, certainly if the Navy was involved (which it usually was)
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  8. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    you wilfully misunderstand what I say and so I see scant reason to continue discussing the matter with you.

    For example when I say naming a hill beacon anyone with half a brain or who wasn't deliberately misunderstanding posts would understand the meaning to be naming it Beacon Hill. Nor did I say that the name Beacon Hill widespread before 1588. On your way, you tawdry charlatan
  9. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    Every July I get out the sharpe box set to remember talevera and the peninsular army
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  10. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    edit: ignore the
    you willfully don't say anything.
  11. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    Yeh. Unlike you I don't lie about what's been said
  12. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    give over with the needle. Either you can substantiate what little you've said or you can't.
  13. Slo-mo

    Slo-mo Banned Banned

    I wonder if the Royal British Legion had any conversations with the last WW1 veterans before they died, or if they are having any conversations with the remaining WW2 veterans? It would be good to get their views while we can.

    My own view ( which should count for fuck all) is that 2045 is the very earliest we should consider stopping, but we shouldn't still be commemorating in 2145.
  14. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    I disagree that this is passive commemoration, I dispute there is such a thing as passive commemoration, as I view this Beacon bollocks as the same as roads named blenheim, buller or balaclava. You've adduced no evidence to support your claim that this is passive commemoration just that there's lots of Beacon Hills of varying ages
  15. tim

    tim Well-Known Member

    Will they ever fucking stop commemorating it?

  16. mojo pixy

    mojo pixy unquantifiable hazards

    tbf though, every time someone argues a case under French law, they're commemorating Napoleon. And that some form of Code Napoleon is used across Europe and a lot of the rest of the world is certainly a tribute to the wars.
  17. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    is 'Bob Marley Way' (local to here) not a commemoration? or is it just the word 'passive' you're pointlessly quibbling about?
  18. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    You jumped onto this to show examples of passive commemoration. It's rubbish, it's a conscious decision to have bob marley way or whatnot, if you don't know what it is you're commemorating then it's not commemorative, it's just a name. Commemorating always active. And if you go back you'll find you're the only person quibbling about the passive
  19. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    One time they invited a neighbouring army to take part but it was something of a disaster
  20. tim

    tim Well-Known Member

    The poor lambs did their best, but they couldn't muster that sense of joie de vivre that comes so naturally to the French

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  21. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    oh I see. So a street (or hill) name is active. Cool.
  22. dylanredefined

    dylanredefined Not a house elf a tiger

    Well having heard of the 7years war being an excuse for a punch up they could probably do with forgetting some of it.
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  23. StoneRoad

    StoneRoad heckling from the back!

    I'm thinking of the "Battle Honours" on the Colours.
  24. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    Or the back badge the Glosters wore/wear in amalgamated form, from Battle of Alexandria iirc
  25. dylanredefined

    dylanredefined Not a house elf a tiger

    Learned more history from battle honours than I ever did at school though some of the honours might be a bit dubious.
    Starting a fight as the Quebec regiment do not want drink a toast to General Wolfe is particular stupid.
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  26. likesfish

    likesfish officaly hardest and most tooled up urbanite:)

    It was a perfectly reasonable response to the vile foreigners being foreign and nearly french and disrespecting the regiment and their betters.

    of course, the RMP RAF POLICE UN Cypriot police Britsh embassy and British high command saw our the reasonable point of view:D
    did they hell:facepalm:
  27. agricola

    agricola a genuine importer of owls

    Maida Vale as well
  28. Kaka Tim

    Kaka Tim Crush the Saboteurs!

    funnily enough there is one - Norman Cross, just off the A1 near perterborough - a memorial to french soldiers who died there in a Napoleonic POW camp (the world's first POW camp according to wikipedia).

    Norman Cross - Wikipedia
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  29. 19force8

    19force8 For the avoidance of faith

    Or with the USA where they still fly the confederate flag and worship statues of the heroes of the south.
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  30. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

    The Russians still celebrate the Patriotic war of 1812 where they gave The Grande army a spanking.

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