For my birthday a few weeks ago I received a belated copy of, "Maiwand -The Last Stand of the 66th..." by R.J. Stacpoole-Ryding.
While I have not had time to read through it yet, I noticed in the last few pages a few paragraphs & pictures of an 1874 LSA Martini Henry Mk.II, which if I understood correctly may be an example of one of the weopons lost at Maiwand.
The reason I am writing this is that I have an identical 1874 LSA Martini Henry Mk.II (converted from a Mk.I shows the offset "II"), which also came back from an Afghanistan bazaar 18 months ago courtesy of an acquaintance of mine in the NY National Guard who was out there.
Now obviously while I don't know the history of my rifle, during the taking apart & rebuild I found it had been out there long enough to have several of it's internal parts replaced, i.e. the firing pin, spring & trigger spring had all been replaced with local hand made replacements. My MH also has the early Mk.I back sight, & a strange almost horse shaped "U" stamped on the metal in a couple of places.
My question is, is it known that the 66th were issued with 1874 LSA Mk.II's, or is all this just a co-incidence. Or any other comments.
John wrote:Dear Maiwander
I am interested in the state of communications between Afghanistan and England at the time of the Battle of Maiwand. Do you have any information on how news of battle would have reached England and how long it would have taken?
I see the author Richard J Stacpoole-Ryding of "Maiwand: The Last Stand of the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment in Afghanistan, 1880" has posted here.
I was going to purchase your book published in 08 for my son as a Christmas present but see that it is selling on Amazon for the ridiculous price of £223 somewhat above the cover price of of £19.99. I see Richard that you live in Sittingbourne.
I live nearby Newington. If you have a copy of your book for the cover price I am quite willing to collect at a time of mutual convenience.
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