Those Terrible Grey Horses

An Illustrated History of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

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The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and their antecedents have been involved in every major British campaign since the 17th century.

On 18 June 1815, the Royal Scots Greys charged Napoleon's infantry columns, capturing the eagle of the French 45th Infantry. Napoleon is said to have commented of the regiment, 'Ah, ces terribles chevaux gris (those terrible grey horses)'. Today that eagle is the regimental badge of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, Scotland's senior regiment and her only regular cavalry.

Here Stephen Wood tells the story of glorious cavalry charges and terrifying tank battles, from the Western Front to the liberation of Basra. Stunning paintings bring the narrative to life while contemporary photography depicts both the horror and the compassion of modern warfare as witnessed by the officers and troopers of this unique regiment.

Table of Contents

Horse, Carabiniers and Dragoons
Securing an Empire
A Long Peace and a Short War
Foreign Adventures and Domestic Peace
Marching over Africa
In Flanders Fields
Amalgamation, Mechanisation & War
Eagle & Carbine
Scotland's Cavalry: The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers & Greys)


Product details

Published May 24 2015
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 304
ISBN 9781472813480
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 100 b/w; 270 col
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Stephen Wood

Stephen Wood was a museum curator for 29 years, be…


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