British Infantryman in South Africa 1877-81 by Ian Castle

By Ian Castle

For lots of humans the epitome of the British soldier of the past due Victorian interval is the Redcoat who fought in southern Africa within the 1870s. This identify covers the major interval of the wars opposed to the Zulu and Boers; the dramatic battles of Rorke's float, Isandlwana, Ulundi, Laing's Nek and Majuba are the most well-known engagements within the historical past of the British military. the adventure of the British soldier from the again streets of Britain's internal towns, to the remoted rock outcrop of Isandlwana and the mountain most sensible of Majuba is certainly one of self-discipline, devotion, loyalty, bravery, decision and sheer hard-work. it's a trip from which many males by no means again.

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At the end of the thirteenth century appear those curious appendages known as Ailettes. On Plate III, 2, the figure is shown wearing the poleynes and also the ailettes. For practical purposes they are represented on recumbent figures as worn at the back, but in pictorial illustrations they are invariably shown on the outside of the shoulder. 165:^431 Fig. II. f. Some From Roy. MS. 16. G. Fig. 12. vi, dii 387, fourteenth century. Bib. , Paris, Lancelot Lac, fourteenth century. writers consider that they were solely used for ornament, presumably because they are generally shown decorated with Against this, however, we may place the fact heraldic blazons.

Of rings so hanging as it A third and perhaps the most conclusive of all the arguments against Meyrick's theory is that find the inside of a we frequently banded which markings as the outside, mail coif shown with the same aspect would be impossible if the rings were arranged as he suggests. From models specially made work we find that if leather the manner of No. 9 on Plate I. for this was used at all it must be after Here the rings are covered with the leather on both sides, so that there is no possibihty of their gaping, and, in addition, the leather being pressed against the rings, on the outside by wear and usage and on the inside from the pressure of the body, would show ringmarkings on front and back which might be represented in the manner shown in the illustration.

Lines crying * I am here, and by God's help The Bayeux Tapestry illustrates this Conqueror's seals we find the helmet incident. I On some on with tied conquer shall '. of the Ear- laces. flaps were sometimes added, as may be seen on the chessmen found in the Isle of Lewis, now in the British Museum. Fig. 4. From the Great Seal of Alexander II of Scotland, thirteenth Fig. 5. Bnt. Mus. Roy. MS. 20. D. i. thirteenth century, century. During the twelfth century the helmet gradually became the helm.

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