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Re: Members Main Interests

Postby Matt Easton » 08 Oct 2009 12:55

I'm generally interested in all periods of military history and warfare, but most particularly the 14th and 15thC centuries in Europe, the colonial wars of circa 1840-1890, and WWII.
My main interest in life is the use of weapons - shooting weapons and hand weapons, and to that end I run a historical fencing association with chapters in London, Exeter, Bradford and Hull. While we concentrate on medieval and renaissance combat techniques, based on fencing treatises, I also study Victorian infantry sabre and bayonet fencing, and will soon be opening a new school in Guildford specialising in the study of those weapons. I have previously won a couple of singlestick competitions. I recently purchased an original copy of the British 1845 (revised) infantry sword manual and am researching the original owner, who was an aristocrat who kindly signed and dated his copy.
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Re: Members Main Interests

Postby jersey » 11 Dec 2009 11:00

I have my grandfather and his brother who joined the Brit army in 1885 and 1899 respectively. One never went to SA but the other did and served there for approx 2 years.
However I also have my wifes geeat uncle who was a member of the 1st and 5th WAMI - really did two tours in SA and after the GW went to live in SA. He must have got a taste
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Re: Members Main Interests

Postby Brett Payne » 17 May 2010 23:21

My interest is primarily in old portrait photography, and I often come across portraits of soldiers. If I could post photos here for people to help identify uniforms and medals, I would be most grateful.

I also have several family members who served with the military in various Victorian Wars, and when I get my act together with collating information would like some assistance in piecing together some kind of story from the bits that have.


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Re: Members Main Interests

Postby balaklava » 01 Feb 2011 14:50

The pre Cardwell reforms 93rd Sutherland Highlanders, 1812-1858 periods.

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Re: Members Main Interests

Postby free1954 » 28 Apr 2013 19:22

mostly zulu war and both boer wars, besides ww1. my great grandmother once told my uncle that half her brothers went to south africa to fight the zulu and the other half went to america. grew up reading books by wilbur smith and h. rider haggered
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Re: Members Main Interests

Postby crimea1854 » 30 Apr 2013 09:20

As my user name suggests my primary interest is the Crimean War, although this is limited to the Royal Navy’s involvement rather than that of the Army. Within this I have an even more specialised theme, which is the study of the 2600 odd Coastguards who entered the navy to fill a manpower shortage, particularly in the Baltic Fleet. These men were serving CG's, most of whom had prior Naval service, who at the end of the war returned to their normal Coastguard duties. Within my medal collection I have a number of both Baltic and Crimea medals awarded to such men.

It is not usually apparent from the CG records who these men were, so using the medal roll, ship’s description and muster books I have over the past few years constructed a database of the ships they served on, where they were born, their age, and where their medals were sent; in most instances this was their CG District. This is an ongoing project with additional details regarding earlier medal entitlement, and by the use of the Seaman’s Tickets on FMP, their actual date of birth all now being added.

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Re: Members Main Interests

Postby Josh&Historyland » 07 May 2013 12:41

My main interests are as varithem's many of the other's here.

Mainly it's the Crimean War and Zulu War for me. However since reading "To face the Daring Maori's" by Michael Barthorp I am extremely interested in the Maori War's (especially the 1st), and the lack of info about the Opium Wars in mainstream bookshops (again especially the 1st) has lead to an increased interest in these conflicts.
The Sikh Wars and Mutiny have been a nagging interest in the back of my mind for a long time, as has the fighting in Canada and Afghanistan.

(On an international level, the American Civil War and Plains Wars is an interest to me, along with the Satsuma Rebellion in Japan)

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Re: Members Main Interests

Postby Andre Chissel » 07 May 2013 14:11

As you all know it is the Boer War with a side line of the Royal Artillery in the Crimean War. :D
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Re: Members Main Interests

Postby acanthus » 07 May 2013 21:16

Hi all,

For some years I have been absorbed in the history of the East India Company forces and the later Indian Army, with a leaning towards Cavalry. This involves a particular interest in the swords that were used by the officers and troopers of these forces, also including a strong interest in associated uniforms and accoutrements.

As sword collector has pointed out, the sword is a very close link to the many officers and men whose names have long since been written into the pages of history.
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Re: Members Main Interests

Postby walrus » 25 May 2013 02:46

Just wondering is there are any images of British cavalry units which served in India during the 1850's out there?
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Re: Members Main Interests

Postby Mark » 25 May 2013 13:51

This is becoming a great thread! Thanks for posting your interest guys!

Anyone else fancy adding to the list?

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Re: Members Main Interests

Postby GrantRCanada » 27 May 2013 00:53

As likely quite evident from the majority of my postings here, my primary area of interest is the history, uniforms and firearms of the Canadian Militia, from the passage of the 1855 Militia Act by the pre-Confederation Province of Canada (with the call by Great Britain upon many colonies to assume greater responsibility for local defence) through to the Great War. Comparisons with the British Army can be very interesting ....
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Re: Members Main Interests

Postby colsjt65 » 27 May 2013 23:39

My main area of interest is the British Army in New Zealand 1840-70.
Specifically the following regiments: 1-12th, 2-14th, 1-18th, 40th, 43rd, 50th, 57th, 58th, 65th, 68th, 70th, 80th, 96th, and 99th. Also Staff, Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Commissariat Dept, Medical Department, Army Hospital Corps, Chaplains' Department, Purveyors' Department, Military Train, Military Stores, Royal Marines, Fencibles. I have compiled detailed biographies of every officer who was in New Zealand, every ship that transported them, as well as orders of battle for every engagement fought between British troops and Maori in New Zealand during the period.
Of course, to complement this, I have also researched artillery, small arms, uniforms, clothing, equipment, organisation, drill, strategy and tactics during this important period of transition in the British Army from coatees and Brown Besses, to serge jackets and Sniders.
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Re: Members Main Interests

Postby QSAMIKE » 28 May 2013 01:02

My primary interest is the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 in all of its aspects......

History, Medals, Badges, Uniforms, Books, Collectables of all kind......

With a special interest in the Canadian Scouts and anything Canadian connection......

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Re: Members Main Interests

Postby zerostate » 13 Jun 2013 01:12

My main interest is in the post 1881 home service army... Its organisation; day-to-day routines; the lives of the officers and men; the changes in policy and regulation that affected them; well, all of it really, including what made a soldier ally :)

I have more than a passing interest in conflicts involving the British army post 1881, and foreign service too.


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