| || || || || || || || || || |Our Goals in Holdfast***The 88th will mainly focus on participating in weekly-based trainings, linebattles and sieges. The Regiment will mainly focus on improving their shooting and melee to compete in future 1v1s and 2v2s against other regiments, training will also be set throughout the week to get our members to their peak performance in the game. On the other hand, we will be jumping onto public servers to have a laugh and to enjoy ourselves, other than that we will not only go as line infantry but also role-play as other units such as light infantry or artillery. We want to accomplish in Holdfast to become a fun mature regiment to keep the entertainment at its highest peak!Recruit (Recruit) Guidebook***The individuals of the regiment are constantly cheerful when a new member joins in. We will willingly welcome all those who show interest by joining the regiment. Once joined the regiment, Recruits are expected to show great dedication and motivation towards the regiment as well as improving their melee and shooting in-game. If you are active and attend 2 bootcamps within the 2 weeks, it will award you a promotion to the rank of Private and from there, you will slowly but surely progress through the ranks will melee skills and discipline. If you, however, encounter a problem within the regiment or your not to sure about something, then do please contact one of the Commanding Officers or a Non-Commissioned Officer as they will always be available at your disposal and would really want to help.88th marching in formation to battle! | || || || || |
Historical Overview - 88th Regiment of Foot "Connaught Rangers"
The regiment was raised in Connaught by John Thomas de Burgh, 13th Earl of Clanricard as the 88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers), in response to the threat posed by the French Revolution, on 25 September 1793. The regiment was sent to join the Duke of York's army in the Netherlands in summer 1794 as part of the unsuccessful defence of that country against the Republican French during the Flanders Campaign. The regiment embarked for the West Indies in autumn 1795 and, after a difficult voyage, two companies took part in the capture of Grenada and the siege of Saint Lucia before returning to England in summer 1796. The regiment then embarked for India in January 1799 and arrived in Bombay in June 1800. The regiment sailed from India for Egypt in December 1800 for service in the Egyptian Campaign reaching Cairo on the day that the French troops surrendered. It arrived back in England in May 1803. A second battalion was raised in Dumfries in November 1805. The 1st Battalion sailed from Falmouth for the Cape of Good Hope in November 1806. The battalion sailed for South America in April 1807 and took part in the disastrous expedition under Sir Home Popham: it saw action in the unsuccessful attack on Buenos Aires in July 1807. Two companies were ordered to remove the flints from their muskets before they went into action which effectively rendered them defenceless. After a lengthy fight the battalion surrendered. Captain William Parker-Carroll remained in Río de la Plata and was well-treated by the Spanish troops. The rest of the battalion, once released, embarked for home and arrived at Portsmouth in November 1807.
The 1st Battalion landed in Portugal in March 1809 for service in the Peninsular War. It formed part of the Portuguese forces commanded by General William Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford tasked with removing Marshal Jean-de-Dieu Soult from Oporto. It held firm at the top of Medellin hill at the Battle of Talavera in July 1809. Then, at the Battle of Bussaco in September 1810, the battalion, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel John Wallace, together with a detachment of the 45th Regiment of Foot, made a bayonet charge which sent the French troops reeling. Sir Arthur Wellesley, arriving at the scene, said, Wallace, I never saw a more gallant charge than that just now made by your regiment.
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