Model of Trooper 1879

This (and the back) views give a good idea of how the men looked the time of the Battle of Ulundi. The white foreign service helmet has been stained khaki and the tunic is buttoned to hide the white plastron. A haversack hangs under his left arm and a waterbottle under his right arm. This man has a good conduct stripe on his right sleeve like Miles Gissop. The Martini-Henry carbine is at his right side and his bamboo lance rests in a bucket on his right stirrup. There is also another bucket on his left stirrup which is correct, although I have never seen a lance carried on the left side. His mess tins are carried on the valise behind the saddle.

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