British Forces in Zululand 1879 by Ian Knight

By Ian Knight

Osprey's learn of British troops sooner than and through the Anglo-Zulu struggle (1879). On four March, 1878 at King William's city, British Kaffraria, Gen. Sir Arthur Cunnynghame passed over preferrred command of the British forces in southern Africa to his successor, Lt. Gen. Sir Frederic Thesiger. The excessive Commissioner, Sir Henry Bartle Frere, used to be confident that one method to the complicated difficulties which beset the quarter used to be to overthrow the final robust self reliant black country bordering British possessions – the Zulu country of King Cetshwayo KaMapande. notwithstanding Cetshwayo had remained at the political protective. This ebook descirbes the uniforms and kit of the forces that Thesiger led around the border to salary warfare in Zululand.

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These lightly constructed hats soon disintegrated in service. From then on the normal headgear was the native sombrero, strongly woven wear for many worn over Mounted Squadrons, Mexico 1865-66 the interesting painting by von Prost in L d'0(2) and reproduced in this chapter; of deterioration, but the tunic is certainly the 1860 basquine with added black brandenbourgs' A midnight blue trouser sidestripe was added at the same time, but the painting does not show this clearly. The kepi band bears a crimson double Hungarian knot.

Red wool braid ranking is worn on both forearms. The 'Bedeau' type of the top centre, waist-belt. 6. made from coat-cloth, is discussed in the text. 7. Lieutenant, Algeria: From Benigni, L d'O(l). The plain midnight blue frock coat is the single-breasted capote-tunique, with pleated skirts a non-regulation but popular garment modelled on Chasseur d'Afrique styles. The gorget was soon to disappear from field uniform. Note full-cut cavalry-style trousers with false booting. The cap has simple gold pipings, without specific rank lace.

White fatigue trousers worn with the collarless 1892-99 colonial paletot jacket, decorated at neck and cuff with the Legion's dark blue braid. Two 1877/79 'coffin' pouches are worn on the belt, and a substantial black oilcloth 'de Negrier' pouch is slung on the chest; therifle is the Gras. 30. Soldat de V" classe, 2 e RE, Tonkin, 1886: From Benigni, L d'O(l) a soldier en tenue de repos, in cold weather walking-out dress based on the Marine Infantry tunic. From this year the trousers were replaced by Marine dark blue, piped red.

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