“Clairons Sonnaient la Charge, Les (The Bugler Sounded the Charge)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1959 (Peacock)
Keywords: foreignlanguage army battle war death
Found in: Canada(Newf)


French. The bugler, an old warrior, sounds the charge. The zouaves go to face the enemy. The bugler leads the charge on the bayonets, always sounding, sounding.


The zouaves were, originally, French infantry composed of Algerians. They became famous, and the model for the British West India Regiment and US Civil War regiments [though the many "zouave" units in the Civil War were so-called simply because of their ornate uniforms -- which they generally abandoned in short order - RBW], fighting on the heights of Alma during the Crimean War. Source: The site for Coppen's (1st Battalion Louisiana) Zouaves - BS


  1. Peacock, pp. 992-993, "Les Clairons Sonnaient la Charge" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Pea992