By Mike Chappell

The clash in South Africa from 1899 to 1902 gave the British army institution cause to influence rapid reforms within the interval which the tip of the hostilities. The humiliating defeats suffered by the hands of a relatively small variety of Boer citizen-soldiers within the beginning months of the struggle confirmed up deficiencies in management, education and gear. In a better half quantity to Men-at-Arms 107: British Infantry Equipments 1808-1908, Mike Chappel examines the interval from 1908-80 in a textual content complemented by means of a variety of illustrations together with 8 complete web page color plates via the writer himself.

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Most have a hand-carved hardwood handle, sometimes artistically shaped, and sometimes with traditional native wrapping of hemp, animal- or fish-skin or other materials. The scabbard is of two distinct parts: a broad, roughly rectangular, asymmetrically swept upper section to accommodate the blade-top extension, and a narrow, parallel-sided lower part in smoothly finished hardwood in an oval section. Brass or other metal fittings are occasionally found. , The Spanish-American War in Tampa Bay (Charleston, SC; Arcadia Publishing, 1997) Elting, John R.

Spain furnished arms and ammunition, but the volunteers were paid by abonaré chits [IOUs], to be cashed after the war” (Elting & McAfee, 60). Although the courage and tenacity in battle of some of the defenders of the San Juan positions drew admiring comment from Americans, such a system naturally did not encourage diehard loyalty. During the US campaign in Puerto Rico the defeatist attitude of the Spanish surprised many Americans, especially those who entered the port city of Ponce, when “the firemen and volunteers of the Puerto Rican Battalions paraded in uniform and petitioned General Miles to be permitted to enlist in the American army” (Freidel, 266) – these volunteers would form the basis for the Porto Rico Provisional Infantry Regiment in 1901.

The Moro tribesmen were Muslims, though of a distinctly local type; they took heads, and they believed that the more Christians they killed the longer their stay in paradise was assured. In preparation for battle the Moros took drugs and worked themselves into a fighting frenzy, and it was often reported that they would keep coming at US troops despite suffering several bullet wounds. ) The dead Moro illustrated here is wearing a local copy of 17th century Spanish armor, including a burgonet-style helmet, over a leather skirt of buffalo hide.

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