Treasure Island

Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

Previous Month June 2014 Next Month
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
26 27 28 29 30 31 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 1 2 3 4 5 6
Poem of the Day
Select a day from the calendar.
Would you like to see the poem of the day in your e-mail box every morning?
Your email address:
  Subscribe FREE
  Unsubscribe

The Men That Fought At Minden


A Song of Instruction

The men that fought at Minden, they was rookies in their time --
........................
........................
read full text »


Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Comments about this poem (The Men That Fought At Minden by Rudyard Kipling )

Enter the verification code :

  • Terence George Craddock (6/29/2010 3:02:00 PM)

    The poem titled 'The Men That Fought At Minden' by Rudyard Kipling, contains absolutely no details of this battle. Not even the armies involved nor the location. Why? The theme of the poem is that soldiers were all once ‘rookies in their time’, who became soldiers because of the famous battles they fought in. The veterans earned their privileges and ‘Johnny Raw’ must do most of the donkey work, until he has proven himself.
    Kipling stresses this theme with the line ‘from Minden to Maiwand’. Minden was a battle fought in August 1759 in Germany, against two French armies that threatened Western Germany; while the Battle of Maiwand was fought over a hundred years later in 1880 during the Second Anglo-Afghan War.
    Two interesting events in British military history, are remembered because of The Battle of Minden. The order sent to the British infantry “advance on the beat of drum” was misinterpreted as “advance to the beat of drum”. Thus mistakenly Waldegrave’s brigade, then Kingsley’s advanced and attacked the French line. The French army would have been totally defeated, if Sackville commanding the cavalry, had not disobeyed four separate orders from Prince Ferdinand, to attack during critical phases of the battle. “Sackville’s deputy commander, the Earl of Granby attempted to lead the force forward but was ordered to halt by Sackville.”
    At Minden four British infantry regiments, achieved eternal fame, and French Marshal Contades lamented bitterly after the battle, “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.” Major General Waldegrave was promoted to Lieutenant General.
    Sackville was convicted by general court martial for disobeying Prince Ferdinand’s orders. Dismissed from the army by King George II and sentenced never to serve His Majesty in any capacity again. Lucky for the Americans, “in the next reign Sackville, under the name of Lord Germaine, became Secretary for War and directed the operations of the British Army during the American War of Independence. (Report) Reply

  • Is It Poetry (6/29/2009 12:12:00 PM)

    It is saddened..
    .. that history..
    such it is like
    this..was as
    once was then
    now nevers..
    is only good..
    extra credit now..
    Could you even..
    ever understand
    the ways
    of speach now..
    never then.
    can you..
    would you..
    find the time..
    to make them
    do it..? ..iip (Report) Reply

New Poems

  1. The answer is blowin' in the wind, Chenou Liu
  2. Distance, Mishka Allport
  3. Petals fall, Nassy Fesharaki
  4. Photo Thoughts, GRANT FRASER
  5. Make in India, gajanan mishra
  6. Respectable, Dean Meredith
  7. Artists, kassem oude
  8. दिनैनि गोसोखांथियाव, Ronjoy Brahma
  9. Make others do, gajanan mishra
  10. MY FEELINGS FOR YOU, AMADU KAMARA

Poem of the Day

poet Walt Whitman

ARM’D year! year of the struggle!
No dainty rhymes or sentimental love verses for you, terrible year!
Not you as some pale poetling, seated at a desk, lisping cadenzas
piano;
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  3. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. Identity, Cyrus Diaz
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  8. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  10. If, Rudyard Kipling

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]