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 Die.Diego (San). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The 57th Foot. Their colonel (Inglis) in the battle of Albuera (1811), addressing his men, said, “Die hard, my lads; die hard!” And they did die hard, for their banner was pierced with thirty bullets. Only one officer out of twenty-four survived, and only 168 men out of 584. This fine regiment is now called the West Middlesex; the East Middlesex (the Duke of Cambridge’s own) is the old 77th.   1

 Die.Diego (San). 


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