Private, Campaign Dress 1857

Stable jackets were worn on campaign by the 8th Hussars in India during the Mutiny. Peaked caps with white covers and neck protectors were the main concession to the climate. This illustration by Harry Paine gives us an idea of how difficult it must have been for the hussars to cope with the heat. The white pouch and carbine belt is on the left shoulder while his haversack is slung on the right, giving the appearance of crossbelts, the nickname of the 8th since 1710. Beside him is a sepoy from a Native Infantry regiment that has remained loyal to the British.

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