Napoleon Series Archive 2009

Strike up the band

From the memoirs of Sgt Miller, RA, in Egypt 1801

"On the 5th we passed two villages, surrounded by mud walls. As we came nigh them we heard a great noise, much like the noise of turkey cocks, but as we came nearer we perceived it to be some hundreds of women's heads looking over the walls, warbling their tongues in a very ridiculous manner -- their fashion of saluting us, so we displayed our Colours, and the Bands [were] ordered to play."