40th Regiment of Foot

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The 40th Regiment of Foot is a semi-professional Regiment for the module "Persistent Frontier" based on the game "Mount and Blade: Warband". The 40th prizes itself as a well led, disciplined and fun loving group of players that include some of the best melee fighters and shooters that the PF community has to offer.​

The 40th Regiment of Foot was an infantry regiment of the British Army, formed in 1717 in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. After 164 years the 40th was amalgamated into The Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment) in 1881. Following further amalgamations of British Army infantry regiments, today's direct linear descendant regiment is The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.​

According to historian Harry Piers, the regiment was raised in Nova Scotia by General Richard Philipps in August 1717 out of independent companies stationed in North America and the West Indies. The Regiment was first known as Philipp's regiment (1717–1749), Cornwallis' Regiment (1749–1752). In 1751, the regiment was numbered the 40th Regiment of Foot and became known as 40th Hopson's Regiment (1752–1759). The 40th fought through Father Rale's War, King George's War, Father Le Loutre's War and then the French and Indian War. During the latter war the regiment fought in the Siege of Louisbourg (175:cool:, Quebec (1759) and Montreal (1760) and Havannah (1761). The regiment also fought throughout the American Revolution.

Prior to Father Rale's War, the Mi'kmaq resisted the establishment of a British fort at Canso, Nova Scotia by raiding the fishing station in 1720. Phillips sent a company of the 40th, under the command Major Lawrence Armstrong, to take up garrison of a small fort in Canso built by the New England fishermen. The Mi'kmaq continued preying on shipping, forcing the garrison to take action in 1722. Serving as marines, the troops and local fishermen were able to disperse the marauding Indians. The next engagement came in July 1724 when a party of sixty Indians attacked Annapolis Royal. The garrison responded with a poorly calculated sortie from the town's dilapidated fort, resulting in the death of a sergeant and private, the wounding of an officer and three privates, and the repulse of the troops. After some pillaging, the Mi'kmaq departed with a number of civilian prisoners.

From 1717 to 1743, Phillips' Regiment, garrisoning Annapolis, Placentia, and Canso, was successful in protecting settlers from Indian attacks, checking French influence in the area, and preserving the British foothold in Atlantic Canada.

At the outbreak of King George's War, the French at Louisbourg immediately engaged in the Raid on Canso (1744). In May a flotilla containing 900 French regulars and militia. The four poorly supplied companies of Phillips' Regiment were forced to surrender. The town was destroyed and the prisoners sent to Louisbourg. Once the regiment's officers and men were paroled in September 1744, the regiment was evacuated to Boston where they provided valuable information on the defences of Louisbourg for the British siege the following year.[3] Governor Shirley was having difficulty raising troops requested by Mascarene and therefore he ordered the ex-Canso garrison to Annapolis Royal.

The Newfoundland Campaign (1744) happened during August 1744, Captain Robert Young, of the 44-gun ship Kinsale, lying in St. John's, Newfoundland, received intelligence that five French ships were in the port of Fishotte and resolved on despatching an armed prize to attack them. The prize was named the St. Philip, and was manned by eighty men of the Kinsale's crew, and commanded by one of her lieutenants, and accompanied by three 10-gun colonial privateers. The St. Philip succeeded, after grounding several times, in reaching the Moderate, of twelve guns and seventy-five men, which was boarded and carried ; then turning the Moderate's guns against the remaining ships, without the assistance of the privateers (who did not get into the harbour in time), compelled the whole to surrender. The St. Philip had ten killed, and thirty wounded. The loss on board the French ships was more severe. The five vessels, which had on board 18,000 quintals of fish and eighty tons of oil, mounted together sixty-six guns, and carried 342 men.

In July 1744, three hundred Indians under command of a French priest named Le Loutre attacked Annapolis, the only British garrison in Nova Scotia. Only eighty men of Phillips' Regiment were available to meet this threat, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Mascarene. Mascarene refused to surrender to Le Loutre. Le Loutre's party eventually burned a number of houses and withdrew. Following this, George II authorized the reorganization of the regiment which increased to six regiments the garrison at Annapolis, with an authorized complement of 450. Initially only seventy additional men were received. Recruitment efforts continued and Governor Shirley sent 206 recruits in February 1746. Despite the additional manpower the regiment remained under strength. It was at this time that Captain John Winslow first took command of a Philipp's regiment at Annapolis Royal, after being transferred from Newfoundland. In September the enemy, this time three hundred regulars and militia with Indian support, reappeared outside the dilapidated earthworks of Annapolis Royal. After a four-week siege and lacking a train of artillery, the French withdrew from the defiant garrison.

A force of six hundred French and Indians again attempted to take Annapolis in May 1745. This demonstration ended quickly with the French and Mi'kmaq being ordered back to help defend Louisbourg from the British.

The only other action seen by Phillips' Regiment occurred while serving as marines and seamen. A detachment from the garrison at St. John's, Newfoundland volunteered to serve on a captured twenty-gun ship for an expedition with three privateers to Fishotte Bay. The prize entered Fishotte Bay alone and engaged a number of anchored French ships. After five hours of fighting and the loss of ten killed and thirty wounded, the ship had captured three fourteen-gun and two twelve-gun enemy ships; forty six of their crews were killed and three hundred and thirty two made prisoner. The lagging privateers entered the harbour and assisted in the destruction of French fishing stages and the removal of enemy ships and prisoners.

By the end of the war Phillips' Regiment, after defending Britain's foothold in Nova Scotia with a skeleton complement, had its establishment raised to seventy men for each company. Men were quickly impressed in England for service in the regiment.
Between 1746 and 1748 the regiment contented itself with garrison duty at Annapolis and St. John's. With a continuing problem of finding recruits in Britain for the Philipp's regiment George II took the unusual step of allowing recruitment from the colonies for the British regiment.

The 40th was also actively engaged in Father Le Loutre's War. In July 1749, the grenadier company under Captain Handfield were sent to garrison the new settlement of Halifax founded the month earlier by the new Governor of Nova Scotia, Edward Cornwallis. A surprise attack by local Mi'kmaq in the Siege of Grand Pre resulted in the capture of a detachment of the company including Lieutenant Hamilton and Handfield's son. The captives were later returned to Halifax. Further engagements occurred with the Indians that year as the troops preserved the line of communication between Halifax and Annapolis Royal. Additional members of the regiment formed the garrison of Fort Sackville (Nova Scotia) and established themselves at Fort Edward (Nova Scotia).

By 1750 Cornwallis had taken over the colonelcy of the regiment. By the Royal Warrant of 1 July 1751, Cornwallis' Regiment was given the numerical distinction of the 40th Regiment of Foot. Neglected for so many years by its former colonel, Cornwallis set about enhancing the condition of his new regiment. The companies in Newfoundland were rotated and discipline was improved. Desertion was poorly tolerated by Cornwallis. Of six deserters stationed at Fort Vieux Logis, two were shot and the rest reprieved. Three other deserters were hanged and their bodies suspended in chains as a warning to others. Further changes happened in the 40th with Cornwallis' appointment of Major Charles Lawrence of the 45th to the regiment's lieutenant colonelcy. Lawrence proved to be an energetic and effective military and administrative leader. After his appointment, Lawrence lead an expedition to the Missaguash River in August 1750 where he routed in the Battle at Chignecto a superior number of Indians under Le Loutre. That fall he built Fort Lawrence across the river where the following spring the French would build Fort Beausejour.

In 1752 Peregrine Hopson succeeded Cornwallis as Nova Scotia's governor and colonel of the 40th Regiment. In poor health, Hopson returned to England in 1753 leaving the governing of the colony to Lawrence. In 1755 Hopson officially resigned as governor and Lawrence was appointed. However Hopson remained the colonel of the 40th Regiment until his death in 1759. (Afterward, for the first time since its formation, the regiment's colonel was not the governor of Nova Scotia. Hopson was succeeded as colonel in 1759 by John Barrington, followed by Robert Armiger in December 1760.)

By 1755 it was decided that the recently erected French Fort Beausejour had to be removed as a threat. The English force, including members of the 40th Regiment, was meet by a large body of regulars and militia as they crossed the Missaquash river. This enemy force was attacked and dispersed quickly. Beausejour was subsequently laid siege to on 21 June and it surrendered four days later.

Also in 1755, under the command of John Handfield, the 40th were engaged in the Expulsion of the Acadians from Annapolis Royal. After such a long stay in the colony, a number of the officers had married into the local Acadian population. Therefore, the deportation order forced officers to exile their own relations. Even the commander of the garrison, Major Handfield, had to deport his wife's "sister-in-law, nephews and nieces, uncles, aunts, and cousins." Handfield wrote to another officer performing the same task: "I heartily join with you in wishing that we were both of us got over this most disagreeable and troublesome part of the Service."

In 1757, after forty years in Annapolis Royal, the town where the regiment had been raised, 43rd relieved the 40th where it then went to Halifax to prepare for service in the Seven Years' War. In 1758, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel John Handfield, the regiment participated in the second siege of Louisbourg.

Some companies of the regiment participated in the Louisbourg Grenadiers.
In 1763 the 40th rotated out of Havana, Cuba, to Annapolis Royal where it served until 1767 when it was transferred to Britain. This would be the first time in its 48-year history that the British regiment would serve on British soil.

The regiment fought in the American Revolution. Toward the end of the American Revolution, in 1782, the regiment took a county title as the 40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot.​

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- Colonel (Col) -
Regimental Leader, dictatoral head of the regiment and has final say in all manners concerning it within its bounds.

- Lieutenant Colonel (LtCol) -
Second in Command, has all Colonel level powers at his disposal when the Colonel is absent. Often viewed as an equal to the Colonel but doesnt have the administrative power.

- Major (Maj) -
Tertiary Command (Minor Leadership of main line), the Major is used to fill a crucial sergeant like position in the main line, often engaging with members where the Colonel and LtCol can not. Lacks the administrative decision power of both higher ranks.

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- Captain (Capt) -
Detatchment Commander, all detatchements (Cavalry, Rifles) are led by a Captain (main line does not include a Captain as this role is filled by all three higher ranks). Captains exercise Colonel-like powers over their individual detatchments whilst still being accountable to the Colonel and LtCol.

- Lietenant (Lt) -
Acts as a LtCol to the Captain and aids in all manners required, much like the top tier command staff. Can lead a detatchment solo if needed, as this position is often filled by junior officers.

- Second Lieutenant (2Lt) -
A rare position, often used in speacialist detatchments or large line companies that require extensive admin work in the field. Acts as another level of officership over lower ranks.

- Officer Cadet (OCdt) -
An officer in training, often seen as a modern day Squire to a Knight (senior officer). Actively learns in the field to fill a vacant position in the Regiment.

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- Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) -
The Regimental Sergeant Major, only one exists throughout the entire regiment (ordinarily in the main infantry line). Extensively used in ceremonial purposes, but often the most trusted mainsteam member of the line in battle.

- Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) -
A Compant Sergeant Major, a single W02 exists in all detatchments aside from the main line. Acts in the same manner to the WO1 and often the most trusted mainstream member in their detatchment.

- Colour Sergeant (CSgt) -
Ordinarily a ceremonial rank, the Colour Sergeant/Staff Sergeant is responsible for guarding the colours of the Regiment if taken into battle. Also used as the senior position when section of the main line must be left behind as defence, so often seen as the most senior "guard" postion.

- Sergeant (Sgt) -
Classical mid-tier NCO position, the Sergeant often performs minor line admin duties far under the time of the main regimental staff.

- Corporal (Cpl) -
The most junior NCO position available, often a trainee position for inexperienced members to learn the ropes of the Administrative chain. Near no power is given here other than a learning oppertunity and the oppertunity to advance into the NCO list if talent is shown.

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- Lance Corporal (LCpl) -
Most skilled and discpilined regular soldiers, often the vanguard and the best shots of the regular line companies.

- Private 1st-3rd Class/Regular (Rgl) -
The Regular Soldier, armed with the most regular weaponry, these men make up the large bulk of regular forces of the line.

- Private 4th Class/Junior (Pte) -
The newest and least experienced members of the regiment.

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- Drill Sergeant (DSgt) -
A ceremonial rank by trade, but one that is sorely needed on the field, the Drill Sergeant is in charge of all matters of discipline within the Regiment. From those speaking out of turn to straight mutiny, the Drill Sergeant is rightly feared.

RED = Infantry​
GREEN = Rifles​
BLUE = Dragoons​

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Colonel - Ashworth - (40th_Col_Ashworth)
Lieutenant Colonel - Ainsley - (40th_LtCol_Ainsley)
Major - Hellmoore - (40th_Maj_Hellmoore)

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Colour Sergeant - Hope - (40th_CSgt_Hope)
Sergeant - Scipio - (40th_Sgt_Preston)
Corporal - tastefulfate - (40th_Cpl_Schmitz)

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Regular - Rusty_God_Potato - (40th_Rgl_Sharp)
Regular - Matthew - (40th_Rgl_Matthew)
Regular - Kowalski - (40th_Rgl_Blackwood)
Regular - Vitallion - (40th_Rgl_Vitallion)
Regular - Napo - (40th_Rgl_Napo)
Private - Wolsten - (40th_Pte_Wolsten)
Private - Activist - (40th_Pte_Allen)
Private - Anarchy Ace
Private - Bman0206
Private - Irishman Void
Private - Johnny - (40th_Pte_Lawrence)
Private - Lightwing
Private - Marius
Private - Nizamettin Avcar - (40th_Pte_Nezo)
Private - Zonq
Private - King_George (40th_Pte_Cook)
Private - Antient81
Private - Buona - (40th_Pte_Wings)
Private - Candycreme - (40th_Pte_Kirk)
Private - Conscript Ivan - (40th_Pte_Tavington)
Private - Crimson Mando - (40th_Pte_Danick)
Private - Danuld Tromp
Private - Gullyman - (40th_Pte_Becket)
Private - Death Korps Imperial Guardsman - (40th_Pte_Andre)
Private - Dex - (40th_Pte_MacKenzie)
Private - Leichmeister - (40th_Pte_Krieger)
Private - mads
Private - MrDrewHunter
Private - Nuk1ear
Private - PC Died, Donations pls
Private - Poppa
Private - TroyDaBoy
Private - ZeroGame
Private - GrimCetic
Private - Vlader
Private - Hazmuk
Private - $p3D
Private - (b)engel - (40th_Pte_Benny)
Private - Caterpillar2000.tip - (40th_Pte_Carter)
Private - Galdimedov - (40th_Pte_Augustine)
Private - Lunix/Frost
Private - Morgoth wana play
Private - Mr. Case Luck - (40th_Pte_Maxwell)
Private - Acelebi
Private - Athos
Private - Fabuloisfox
Private - Randomperson - (40th_Pte_Jeffery)
Private - Skyfire - (40th_Pte_Arnold)
Private - VicePres Isaiah2044
Private - Reaper
Private - Dampfhans
Private - British Loyalist - (40th_Pte_JayAndre)
Private - Gaspard
Private - Deathwing
Private - Quintus Lucius Brutalius - (40th_Pte_Quinton)
Private - Kijo
Private - Wart
Private - Scotland Ball
Private - Revelation Warfare
Private - SerDonuts - (40th_Pte_Donuts)
Private - Cenay - (40th_Pte_Rogers)
Private - BabyMan
Private - Daze
Private - Marquis - (40th_Pte_Hamilton)
Private - UncleRuckus - (40th_Pte_McMillion)
Private - Nytech - (40th_Pte_GERMAN NAME IDK)
Private - Bot809 - (40th_Pte_Bot)
Private - Bonnaquiet - (40th_Pte_Bonnaquiet)
Private - Mads
Private - HighLordBear - (40th_Pte_Bear)
Private - Autismo - (40th_Pte_Vlad)
Private - Robtrue
Private - Bullet - (40th_Pte_Wright)
Private - Death_Grips_Man
Private - JackAbe
Private - Halston

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Weekly Training: Sunday, GMT+1​

If you wish to join the 40th Regiment of Foot, please ensure that you have a working steam based copy of Mount and Blade: Warband, the module "Persistent Frontier, the communication program "Teamspeak 3" and proceed to add any of these notable 40th members on steam:​

Once added, please inform the officer being spoken too that you wish to join the 40th and follow their instructions.​

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There is a mandatory minimum age limit of 13. Anyone under this age will be denied. A firm grasp of the English language in both oral and written form is also required.
Further more, only members aged 15 and over are eligible for a Commission (to become an Officer).​



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Now that's a nice thread there! Can't wait to see the Regiment growing.

Also like their handicap to pronounce german words  :wink: :grin:

Big Daddy Vitallion

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Update: New ranks have officially come into use!

Here's the table of what old rank means what in the new ranking system. If you are currently one of these ranks, please change your tag to the adjacent new rank.

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Cadet (Cdt) = Private (Pte)
Private (Pte) = Private (Pte)
Regular (Rgl) = Regular (Rgl)
Grenadier (Gren) = Regular (Rgl)
Sergeant (Sjt) = Sergeant (Sgt)
Colour Sergeant (CSjt) = Colour Sergeant (CSgt)
Sergeant Major (SjtMaj) = Warrant Officer Class 1 (W01)
Lieutenant (Lt) = Second Lieutenant (2Lt)
Captain (Capt) = Lieutenant (Lt)
Major (Maj) = Major (Maj)
Lieutenant Colonel (LtCol) = Lieutenant Colonel (LtCol)
Colonel (Col) = Colonel (Col)
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