British Infantry Equipments, 1908-80 (Men-at-Arms, Volume by Mike Chappell

By Mike Chappell

The clash in South Africa from 1899 to 1902 gave the British army institution cause to impact quick reforms within the interval which the top of the hostilities. The humiliating defeats suffered by the hands of a relatively small variety of Boer citizen-soldiers within the commencing months of the struggle confirmed up deficiencies in management, education and kit. In a better half quantity to Men-at-Arms 107: British Infantry Equipments 1808-1908, Mike Chappel examines the interval from 1908-80 in a textual content complemented through various illustrations together with 8 complete web page color plates through the writer himself.

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The tschapka consisted of a leather skull with a section on the top like an academic's "mortar board", together with a state badge, chin strap, field badge in state colours and a cap cord. This latter portion was attached to the right hand side of the tschapka with a metal loop, and then fastened to the uniform jacket. The purpose of this device was to prevent loss of the tschapka in The Tschapka Lancer troops in the German army wore a lancer's cap or tschapka. Lancer regiments were raised by the Germans in emulation of the heroic 57 the event ot it being knocked from the head during combat.

In January 1916, assault troops at Verdun went into the attack wearing a helmet pattern that had never been seen on the battlefield before. It was the steel helmet (Stahlhelm) a 62 modern piece of armour that dispensed with any prétentions to glamour. It was strictly functional, and ideally suited to the role it was to play. Constructed out of steel plate, it was a pressing of circular shape that enveloped the head from the bro'w to the nape of the neck. Far heavier than the traditional pickelhaube, and somewhat more uncomfortable, to wear, the steel helmet was immediately recognised as an indispensable addition to the uniform.

Guard Foot Regiment, King Alexander's Guard Grenadier Regiment No. 1, and the Prussian Palace Guard Company. The style of this head-dress closely resembled the sugar loaf type 60 Above: A officer's mutze. (David Nash). Above right: A mixed group of soldiers, both officers and other ranks, photographed outside an inn behind the front. It can be seen that,' although the mutze was almost universal, it had many different forms. head-dress that was worn by a number of English regiments during the Hanoverian period.

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