21st Lancers @ Omdurman

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21st Lancers @ Omdurman

Postby chailey » 15 Jan 2015 14:56

Hello,
can anybody help clarify if waist belts were worn by the 21st Lancers at Omdurman, or was the sword carried on the saddle?
(modelling project that I really would like to be as accurate as possible).
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Re: 21st Lancers @ Omdurman

Postby rd72 » 16 Jan 2015 03:18

There are many more expert Cavalry types here, but it is my understanding that the sword was carried on the saddle from the early 1880s.
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Re: 21st Lancers @ Omdurman

Postby trooper » 16 Jan 2015 06:20

Swords were indeeed attached to the saddle. The Lee Enfield carbine on the off side had a picket pin attached to the scabbard and the sword had a feed bag and picket rope attached. the net hanging from the girth is a forage bag. Note the sword slings coming from beneath the tunic, (heavy cavalry wore them from a waist belt), and the fly fringe on the brow band. hope this is of help. Trooper
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Re: 21st Lancers @ Omdurman

Postby chailey » 16 Jan 2015 07:54

Thank you both very much, the photo is excellent!
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Re: 21st Lancers @ Omdurman

Postby trooper » 16 Jan 2015 09:09

Recommend you to the book " The Last Charge" by Terry Brighton, illustrated by Douglas Anderson and published by Crowood Press. Contains everything you will need for your model. Trooper
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