By Ian Knight
On four March, 1878 at King William's city, British Kaffraria, Gen. Sir Arthur Cunnynghame passed over excellent command of the British forces in southern Africa to his successor, Lt. Gen. Sir Frederic Thesiger. The excessive Commissioner, Sir Henry Bartle Frere, was once confident that one approach to the complicated difficulties which beset the area used to be to overthrow the final robust self sustaining black state bordering British possessions – the Zulu state of King Cetshwayo KaMapande. even though Cetshwayo had remained at the political protecting. This publication descirbes the uniforms and kit of the forces that Thesiger led around the border to salary warfare in Zululand.
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The 9th Foot then spent 3 years as prisoners of war as part of a static “Convention Army”. It finally sailed for home in 1781. III 10th (North Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot The 10th Foot was posted to Boston in 1767 and was in place to take part in the much heralded running skirmishes at Lexington and Concord. It then suffered heavily in the front line at Bunker Hill. No slouches for combat duty, the 10th participated in the battles of Long Island, White Plains, Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth and all operations about New York and New Jersey.
Whatever pattern of colored lines a regiment might adopt for its lace, its sergeants always wore plain white worsted tape as a further distinction of rank, this in addition to the sergeant's waist sash bearing a central stripe of the unit facing color. The grenadier company sergeant at left illustrates this point, as well the epaulettes worn by flank companies. The 18th made up part of the Boston garrison when war erupted and was therefore on hand for Lexington and Bunker Hill. However it did not remain long in America.
Facings were yellow with regular, straight lace buttonhole loops. The 10th earned the short-lived nickname “The Springers” as a result of the notable alacrity with which they pursued their colonial foes in retreat. III 15th (Yorkshire, East Riding) Regiment of Foot In 1776 the 15th Foot was deployed from Ireland as a reinforcement to Sir William Howe, then British commander-in-chief in America. Before embarking for America the regiment was furnished with cut-down, singlebreasted jackets or “roundabouts” with plain yellow ochre collar and cuffs as depicted in the left-hand figure.
British Forces in Zululand 1879 by Ian Knight