The AVALANCHE 'O' STEEL
Wednesday, 16th April, 1746, two opposing armies faced each other across a bleak, barren moor,....Culloden.
The highland clans, (which numbered 5,000 men),who had made their way from across Scotland, were determined to finally defeat the Hanovarian forces of King George II (numbering 9,000 men) on Culloden moor.
After a long stand-off, The clansmen on the right flank, who had the slight advantage of higher ground, started to slowly make their way across the 500 yard spance of ground towards Cumberland's forces, gathering momentum as they went.
Clansmen on the left flank however, moved much slower, due to the boggier ground they had to cover,...resulting in the left flank gradually surging over to meet up with the right flank.
The ever quickening trot of the Highlanders, snowballed, and gained in size as it made it's way directly towards the men of (Barrel's) 4th of foot, The King’s Own Royal Regiment.
Barrel's men took the full force of the "avalanche of steel" as it hurtled at great speed towards them,.....clansmen of the Frasers, the Appin Stewarts, the Locheil’s Camerons and the three regiments of Athollmen.
Such was the force of this surge of men and steel, they smashed right through Barrel's ranks, and although suffering many dead and wounded, they continued to fight until surrounded on all sides by Munro's and Sempill's men, along with Barrel's 4th of foot, and literally cut down.
Although THE duke of cumberlands men were superior in number, i can just imagine how Barrel's men must have felt when they awaited the arrival of that wave of screaming, howling highlanders,...it must have been terrifying.
STAND FAST MEN!!!..STAND FAST!!!
I have depicted two Grenadiers of (Barrel's) 4th of foot, on the extreme left flank, as they await the "avalanche 'o' steel".
The Grenadier's uniforms were scratchbuilt, except the leggings and shoes, and almost all the highlanders were too.