It was a definite decision of Wolseley to arm the composite force with Martini-Henry carbines - although not much reasons given.
One can only surmise that for a lighter bullet, a handier over all length and the need for a long range just wasn't there in the really quite thick jungly bits on the march from the sea to Kumasi
jf42 wrote:I am a bit confused. 'Ashanti Photographs 1895'- Martin-Henry carbines- Wolseley and his staff- "in his younger days"...
I might be missing something but which campaign is under discussion exactly? I am not sure how the above components fit together.
It would help if the OP photos hadn't been taken down!
IIRC, weren't the Ashantee EF of 1874 armed with Sniders?
You are right JF and I missed the 1895 dating. In my enthusiasm I have taken other posts as read and had possibly made the cardinal mistake of grasping the wrong end of a stick only to beat myself incomprehensible with it..
Frogsmile wrote: I am assuming this is about the 1874 Ashanti war that involved the 2nd/23rd, the forty twa and 3rd RB. I am not clear in my mind about the Snider/MH usage, but I do know that a great deal of thought went into the logistics planning. I felt that this was in Wolseley's younger period as a general, given that it was supposedly a gathering of several of his old team from the Red River expedition from when he first came to notice as a field commander
mike snook wrote:In the second war they used short barrelled Snider-Enfields, normally the preserve of rifle regiments, (which one of three was in any case). 23rd (RWF), 42nd (Black Watch) and one or the other bns of the Rifle Bde. It is probably that which you are (almost!) remembering Frogsmile.
PS. I see you've already listed the bns anyway.
rd72 wrote:Hi all,
Came across this from N&A Illust.
Medical Corps, yes, but does have the MH carbine. Note the P82...
What is the date of that image Rob? It's a great picture of the 5-button frock and canvas gaiters and presumably from around 1895.
mike snook wrote:F
I promise you it is in fact commonly referred to as the Second Ashanti War, (or Anglo-Ashanti War) with, much like Battles of El Teb, not the strictest sequential adherence to all intervening rounds of conflict. Obviously it wasn't me who decided this! I think the expression is, 'It's just the way it is'. (!)
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