The Thin Red Line by Robert Gibb
This famous picture show the 93rd Regiment Highlanders, commanded by Sir Colin Campbell, awaiting the onslaught of the Russian cavalry in line without a movement in their ranks or an attempt to throw themselve into a square. Here they successfully repelled the Russian Charge, during the Battle of Balaclava, Crimean War 1854 - 1856.
by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all: