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Left: The Thin Red Line depicts the regiment's famous stand against the Russian cavalry charge. Right: A contemporary photograph of soldiers of the 93rd Regiment

On 25 October 1854, the Sutherland Highlanders — the 93rd Regiment of Foot — faced down and repulsed a charge by the Russian cavalry, in a magnificent stand. A Russian cavalryman commented, "We expected to have to fight soldiers, but not red devils". The action was commemorated in several paintings including Robert Gibbs' The Thin Red Line.

Last modified 17 May 2002