British Infantry Equipments, 1808-1908 (Men-at-Arms, Volume by Mike Chappell

By Mike Chappell

This thoroughly revised version of a vintage Men-At-Arms identify covers the background of British Infantry apparatus from the touchdown of Wellesley's military in Spain in 1808 to the creation of the 1st gear set of utterly cotton webbing in 1908. The intervening century had noticeable a dramatic development within the lot of the standard infantryman. even supposing the fifty 12 months dominance of the Duke of Wellington had stored the military in a country of close to stagnation, the years that the Crimean warfare observed a gradual and constant technique of reform which progressively introduced the British military as much as a par with these of the good ecu Powers.

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Fusilier, 1865-66: Composite, from notes and illustrations in L d'0( 1), and items in the Legion Museum. The sombrero has a cloth cover: the kepi is hung from the musette. Red and blue sashes were worn indiscriminately. The gourd and rope musket-sling are typical expendients. The 1845 pouch is worn at the right front of the belt. 20. Capitaine, 1863: Based on a photograph and a posthumous portrait ofCapt Jean Danjou, although we cannot be certain what uniform he wore at Camerone. We show typical officer' s field dress of the Second Empire, taken from numerous photographs published in L d'O(l).

For further these uniforms, see Plate 6. Officers were not given a new uniform in 1860. comments on They retained for grande tenue a frock very similar and 1850s though now with to that of the late 1840s The dark blue, red-lined caban with Hungarian knot ranking and a detachable hood is specified in the regulations, but the Zouave a yellow collar. tunic and seroual trousers figure in most portrait Above: Rear detail of the Left: The 1860 Royal Museum 1860 tunic (G. A. Embleton). basquine tunic of Sergent of the photographs.

Personal affectation for the purposes of this studio portrait The French Army found the march from the coast to the capital a 1860 tunic with (Livre d' Or 30 fusilier epaulettes, Kepi Blanc) and civilian bow-tie, a and an HQ, with 2,000 officers and men in all. On 10 February 1863 the 1st and 2nd Bns set sail at Mers-el-Kebir for a campaign which they fondly imagined would bring them gold, glory, and exotic female company. The 3rd Bn remained, cursing, at home. Disembarkation at Vera Cruz on 28 March brought the first disillusion.

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