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"Colonel: A Legacy of Courage, Leadership

Background imageColonel Collection: Matania - Last Absolution of the Munsters

Matania - Last Absolution of the Munsters
The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois - painting by Fortunino Matania. This painting relates to an incident in France in May of 1915

Background imageColonel Collection: Colonel Norton, at 28, 000 ft, on Everest, 1924

Colonel Norton, at 28, 000 ft, on Everest, 1924
Photograph showing Colonel Edward Felix Norton (1884-1954) climbing Everest, at a height of about 28, 000 feet, 1924. This photograph was taken by Theodore Howard Somervell (1890-1975)

Background imageColonel Collection: Josef Roth von Limanowa-Lapanow, WW1

Josef Roth von Limanowa-Lapanow, WW1
Josef Roth von Limanowa-Lapanow (1859-1927), Austro-Hungarian officer, Colonel General from 1918. During the First World War he was division commander

Background imageColonel Collection: Colonel David Stirling with a patrol in the desert

Colonel David Stirling with a patrol in the desert
Colonel David Stirling with a patrol of Special Air Service (SAS) men in the Middle East. Date: 1944

Background imageColonel Collection: T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)

T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia, 1888-1935), British Army officer best known for his liaison role during the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule of 1916-1918

Background imageColonel Collection: Things That Matter, by Bruce Bairnsfather

Things That Matter, by Bruce Bairnsfather
Colonel Fitz-Shrapnel receives the following message from G.H.Q Please let us know, as soon as possible, the number of tins of raspberry jam issued to you last Friday

Background imageColonel Collection: Stauffenberg

Stauffenberg
CLAUS SCHENK GRAF VON STAUFFENBERG Lieutenant colonel on the General Staff and central figure among the conspirators of the July Plot

Background imageColonel Collection: B-25 Mitchell Bomber taking off from Hornet; Second World

B-25 Mitchell Bomber taking off from Hornet; Second World
Photograph showing an American B-25 Mitchell medium bomber taking off from the aircraft carrier Hornet on 18th April 1942

Background imageColonel Collection: Everest 1924 Group

Everest 1924 Group
1924 EVEREST EXPEDITION Colonel Norton, the leader (3rd from left) between Irving (L) and Mallory (R) the two climbers who died near the summit

Background imageColonel Collection: Zulu War Rorkes Drift

Zulu War Rorkes Drift
RORKEs DRIFT Lieutenant-Colonel Russell and his men arrive at the garrison to find that Bromhead, Chard and their men have held out against a massive Zulu attack the previous day

Background imageColonel Collection: (1755-1804). Hamilton at Yorktown in 1781. Steel engraving, 1858, after a painting by Alonzo Chappel

(1755-1804). Hamilton at Yorktown in 1781. Steel engraving, 1858, after a painting by Alonzo Chappel
ALEXANDER HAMILTON (1755-1804). Hamilton at Yorktown in 1781. Steel engraving, 1858, after a painting by Alonzo Chappel

Background imageColonel Collection: Colonel Crockett

Colonel Crockett. David Crockett, holding up hat and rifle, with three dogs. Date c1839

Background imageColonel Collection: T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) with camels

T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) with camels
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia, 1888-1935), British Army officer best known for his liaison role during the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule of 1916-1918

Background imageColonel Collection: Battle of Cowpens 1781Is

Battle of Cowpens 1781Is
At Cowpens, South Carolina, general Daniel Morgan defeats a British force under Colonel Tarleton

Background imageColonel Collection: Winston Churchil visiting gun sites, England, 1944

Winston Churchil visiting gun sites, England, 1944
Winston Churchill visiting anti flying bomb defences in June 1944. Seen here at a gun battery in southern England. The caption on the back of the photograph reads, " The Prime Minister today

Background imageColonel Collection: Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts - British Military

Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts - British Military
Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts (18321914), Anglo-Irish soldier and one of the most successful commanders of the Victorian era - notable for his actions during the African wars

Background imageColonel Collection: The Queen reviews the Grenadier Guards

The Queen reviews the Grenadier Guards
At the tercentenary parade of the Grenadier Guards at Windsor, the Queen turns to speak to Colonel Sir Thomas Butler, Lieutenant-Colonel of the Regiment. Date: 1956

Background imageColonel Collection: Colonel Rollet, French Foreign Legion, France, WW1

Colonel Rollet, French Foreign Legion, France, WW1
Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Frederic Rollet (1875-1941), General in the French Foreign Legion, Regiment de Marche. Seen here during the First World War, probably at Verdun, northern France

Background imageColonel Collection: T E Lawrence, Colonel Dawnay and Commander Hogarth

T E Lawrence, Colonel Dawnay and Commander Hogarth
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia, 1888-1935), British Army officer best known for his liaison role during the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule of 1916-1918

Background imageColonel Collection: Colonel Stodare at the Egyptian Hall

Colonel Stodare at the Egyptian Hall
Colonel Stodare the liverpudlian ventriloquist and magician (1831 to 1866) performing using an Indian Basket at the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly, London. Date: circa 1865

Background imageColonel Collection: T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)

T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia, 1888-1935), British Army officer best known for his liaison role during the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule of 1916-1918

Background imageColonel Collection: T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)

T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia, 1888-1935), British Army officer best known for his liaison role during the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule of 1916-1918

Background imageColonel Collection: The two eldest daughters of the Tsar on horseback

The two eldest daughters of the Tsar on horseback
The Colonel of Hussards, Olga and the Colonel of Uhlans, Tatiana, the two young grand-duchesses and eldest daughters of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, on horseback with their father

Background imageColonel Collection: Captain Charles Upham

Captain Charles Upham
Portrait of double VC winner, Captain Charles Upham (). Born in New Zealand, Upham was a sheep farmer who distinguished himself during World War Two on two occasions

Background imageColonel Collection: British Square / Pollilur

British Square / Pollilur
British East India troops under Colonel Baille form a square, offering meagre resistance to assault by the Indian army of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali at Pollilur

Background imageColonel Collection: Colonel Redvers Buller at Inhlobane, Zulu War, 1879

Colonel Redvers Buller at Inhlobane, Zulu War, 1879
Illustration showing Colonel (later General) Sir Redvers Henry Buller (1839-1908) (centre, on horse) rescuing Captain D Arcy during a skirmish with Zulu warriors on Inhlobane Mountain, 1879

Background imageColonel Collection: A Rehearsal of the Wild West show

A Rehearsal of the Wild West show
A series of sketches by Ralph Cleaver of rehearsals for Colonel Codys " Wild West" show at Olympia, including Sioux braves racing horses, cow girls and cowboys

Background imageColonel Collection: Crimean War. The Balaklava Banquet, Survivors of the Light C

Crimean War. The Balaklava Banquet, Survivors of the Light C
Portrait engraving of the suvivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade: Major General de Salis, 8th Hussars; Lieut. Colonel Mussenden, 8th Hussars; Colonel Seager, 8th Hussars; EH Woodham

Background imageColonel Collection: Thomas Wildman (1787-1859)

Thomas Wildman (1787-1859)
Artist: Phillips, Thomas (attributed to) - Title: Thomas Wildman (1787-1859) - Date: 1808-1816 - Original Medium and Size: Oil on Canvas 80 x 67

Background imageColonel Collection: Col. Blood / Jewel Thief

Col. Blood / Jewel Thief
Colonel Thomas Blood, an audacious rogue known as the Man who stole the Crown Jewels from the basement of the Tower of London

Background imageColonel Collection: Afghan War / Dargai

Afghan War / Dargai
THE STORMING OF DARGAI The Gordon Highlanders, under Colonel Mathias, storm heights fiercely defended by a large force of Afridis

Background imageColonel Collection: T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)

T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia, 1888-1935), British Army officer best known for his liaison role during the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule of 1916-1918

Background imageColonel Collection: Banastre Tarleton (1782)

Banastre Tarleton (1782)
SIR BANASTRE TARLETON British soldier in the Revolutionary Wars in America (depicted here as Lieutenant Colonel)

Background imageColonel Collection: British equestrian team medal winners

British equestrian team medal winners
Britains only victory in the XVth Olympic Games in Helsinki: the winners of the team showjumping gold medal (from l to r) Colonel H.M. Llewellyn, with Foxhunter; Mr W

Background imageColonel Collection: Austen / Brandon & Dashwoo

Austen / Brandon & Dashwoo
Colonel Brandon visits Marianne Dashwood

Background imageColonel Collection: King George V as Colonel-in-Chief of Black Watch

King George V as Colonel-in-Chief of Black Watch
King George V (1865-1936) as Colonel-in-Chief of the Black Watch. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageColonel Collection: Winston Churchill, Lieutenant Colonel of Scots Fusiliers

Winston Churchill, Lieutenant Colonel of Scots Fusiliers
Winston Churchill (centre) as Lieutenant Colonel of the 6th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1916 during the First World War. Date: 1916

Background imageColonel Collection: Princess Elizabeth riding as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards

Princess Elizabeth riding as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards
Princess Elizabeth (1926-2022) (later Queen Elizabeth II) riding in the uniform of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards - pictured outside Buckingham Palace. Preparing to hold the reins of power

Background imageColonel Collection: Colonel James Skinner holding a Regimental Durbar

Colonel James Skinner holding a Regimental Durbar, 1827.Watercolour with gouache on European paper by Ghulam Ali Khan (fl 1817-1855), 1827.Inscribed in Nastaliq script lower left

Background imageColonel Collection: Robert E. Lee with eldest son and aide

Robert E. Lee with eldest son and aide
Portrait of General Robert E. Lee (center) and his aides-de-camp, Major General George Washington Custis Lee (left), who is his eldest son, and Colonel Walter Taylor (right). circa 1865

Background imageColonel Collection: John Laverick, SBS on Crete during Operation Albumen - WWII

John Laverick, SBS on Crete during Operation Albumen - WWII
John Laverick, SBS and famed cook!) preparing a meal on Crete during Operation Albumen. Photograph taken by Colonel David Sutherland of SBS and SAS

Background imageColonel Collection: Contemporary map showing the advances of Colonel Theodore Roosevelts Rough Riders at the Battle of

Contemporary map showing the advances of Colonel Theodore Roosevelts Rough Riders at the Battle of San Juan Hill, Cuba
CUBA: SAN JUAN HILL. Contemporary map showing the advances of Colonel Theodore Roosevelts Rough Riders at the Battle of San Juan Hill, Cuba, and of other American forces at El Caney, 1 July 1898

Background imageColonel Collection: Princess Elizabeth as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, 1942

Princess Elizabeth as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, 1942
Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. Her first formal engagement was on her 16th birthday, inspecting the Grenadier Guards as Colonel of this regiment

Background imageColonel Collection: Mrs Flash Kellett

Mrs Flash Kellett, wife of Lieutenant Colonel Edward Orlando Kellett and formerly Helen Myrtle Dorothy Atherley, drawn by Olive Snell

Background imageColonel Collection: Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry on parade in High Cross, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry on parade in High Cross, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Col Arthur Tremayne of Carclew marching in Truro. Col Tremayne fought at the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War and died on 7th November 1903. Photographer: Samuel John Govier

Background imageColonel Collection: Confederate Army Colonel John S. Mosby during the American Civil War

Confederate Army Colonel John S. Mosby during the American Civil War

Background imageColonel Collection: SCOTTISH COLONEL, c1894. Colonel Joseph Laing, of the Disbanded 79th Regiment

SCOTTISH COLONEL, c1894. Colonel Joseph Laing, of the Disbanded 79th Regiment of Scottish Highlanders, N.Y.S.N.G. Illustration by W.A. Rogers, c1894

Background imageColonel Collection: Lt Gen James Doolittle and Grp Capt Douglas Bader

Lt Gen James Doolittle and Grp Capt Douglas Bader with the Air AttachÚá┤o the British Embassy in Madrid and the Colonel-in-Charge of the Barajas Airport on their arrival in Madrid



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"Colonel: A Legacy of Courage, Leadership, and Adventure" From the Last Absolution of the Munsters by Matania to Colonel David Stirling leading a patrol in the unforgiving desert, history is adorned with remarkable individuals who have held the esteemed rank of colonel. Whether it was Colonel Norton defying gravity at 28, 000 ft on Everest in 1924 or T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) traversing vast landscapes alongside his loyal camels, these men epitomized bravery. In Bruce Bairnsfather's "Things That Matter, " we discover that a true colonel understands that honor and integrity are paramount. This sentiment resonates through time as exemplified by Stauffenberg's unwavering determination during critical moments. The roar of engines fills the air as a B-25 Mitchell Bomber takes off from Hornet during World War II - an emblematic image capturing the audacity and strategic brilliance often associated with colonels. Even amidst treacherous mountain peaks like Everest in 1924, where lives hang precariously in balance within an intrepid group led by Colonel Crockett; or during historic battles such as Rorke's Drift in the Zulu War or Cowpens in 1781 - British Military hero Frederick Roberts embodied resilience and tactical prowess befitting a true colonel. These glimpses into history remind us that behind every great military achievement lies a leader who inspires others to rise above adversity. Colonels throughout time have left indelible marks on our collective memory - their stories etched forever into the annals of valor and sacrifice.