fantomark wrote:However, here are details of the book where I found the photo:
THE VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN ARMY FROM OLD PHOTOGRAPHS (1975 - reprinted in 1984) by Batsford Ltd.
Mark A. Reid wrote:Thanks for this Colenso, very useful. Of course the Egyptian cavalry did use head ropes, etc. but do not appear to have passed many/any of them to the recently-arrived XRH, perhaps choosing to keep such easily-lost items for themselves. The Egyptians still needed to maintain their own squadron at Suakin of course and probably any spare items were jealously hoarded. The Egyptian Army ( EA ) supply system was a little stingy and the Egyptian cavalrymen were probably looking ahead to when the horses would be returned to them. As it was, most of the horses were returned within a matter of weeks.
The only good image that I have of an EA cavalryman of 1884 is from the Illustrated London News and it presents the South end of a North-bound horse so there is little to see of the saddle! I can send it to you for your archives, Marco, if you like?
By the way, I don't know if I would be too quick to dismiss the wearing of the spike on the FS Helmet of the XRH at the Second Battle of El-Teb on 29 Feb. 1884. The Melton Prior sketches of the Xth that appear on Page 276 of the ILN of 22 March 1884 distinctly show the spike being worn by all ranks of the regiment.
Just as an aside, over 200 Egyptian soldiers also fought at both El-Teb and Tamaai. They came primarily from the Egyptian Camel Corps and the 3rd Battery, Egyptian Artillery and I can categorically state that none of them wore a spike in their tarboush!
Mark A. Reid wrote:Hello again;
There are some great comments on this thread and I wonder if, with our combined resources and intellects ( ! ) we might be able to pin down a more precise time and location for the photo depicting the 10th Hussar officer and his faithful steed?
A sugar cube, an apple and a scratch behind the ears to the person who provides the best answer!
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