Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Men-at-Arms, Volume 3) by William McElwee

By William McElwee

On 1 July 1881 Viscount Cardwell's wholesale reorganisation of the British military introduced into lifestyles Priness Louise's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. either had existed as separate regiments even prior to their reliable incorporation into the British military and at the face of it, this appeared a hugely inconceivable union, Being separated either geographically and traditionally - that they had by no means even served jointly within the comparable theatre. but, as historical past has proven, this not going mixture proved to be an enormous good fortune. William McElwee tells the tale of this most renowned of regiments which has served with contrast in international warfare I (1914-1918), international conflict II (1939-1945), and beyond.

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The Plates B1 Private, 1st Cavalry Regiment of Mexico According to 1839 regulations, the 1st was to wear yellow coats with dark red facings and medium blue trousers. This was changed on 7 September 1845. The unit was formed from the Regular Tampico Cavalry and the Active Militia of San Luis Potosi. B2 Irregular Mexican Lancer Chamberlain was in a group which captured an irregular lancer. 'Our prisoner was a guerillar [sic], clothed entirely in leather, well mounted on a small but wiry mustang. S.

The regiment had a colonel, a lieutenant-colonel, three adjutants, an armourer, a surgeon, a chaplain, a drum-major and a bugle-corporal. Pillow's attack advancing through the woods of Chapultepec, by James Walker. Note the informal hat worn by the mounted officer. S. Army photograph) 39 F1 Private, Mexican Spy Company This unit served as scouts, for Scott's army. An American reported they 'wore round felt hats encircled with a red scarf and grey jackets. The officers and non-coms wore the insignia of our army.

The California companies had a similar field uniform, only with grey, side-buttoned chaparral trousers worn over tall boots and round hats with white bands. In garrison they wore dark blue coats with green collars and cuffs, deep red lapels and turnbacks and white piping. Trousers were dark blue with red stripes and they had cavalry shakos. 27 There was also a Standing Battalion of the Californias, in dark blue coats with red collars, turnbacks and cuffs and piping in opposite colours. Collars were embroidered 'FC'.

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