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Bloody

(The). Otho II., Emperor of Germany. (955, 973-983.)

The Bloody Eleventh.
The old 11th Foot was so called from their having been several times nearly annihilated, as at Almanza, Fontenoy, Roucoux, Ostend, and Salamanca (1812), in capturing a French standard. Now called “The Devonshire Regiment.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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