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The two companion books in this series by Robert and Christopher Wilkinson- Latham, Cavalry Uniforms and Infantry Uniforms 1742-1855, have begun an im¬portant library in colour on the uniforms of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. This new volume continues the story of the infantry uniform from 1855 up until the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939.
The authors’ text covers the main features of each uniform and the im¬portant historical data on the regiments; and Major J. Wilkinson-Latham con¬tributes text on the arms and muskets.
Jack Cassin-Scott’s paintings, which have been acclaimed for their accuracy and for their lifelike appearance, again include illustrations of muskets and other military memorabilia. Mr. Cassin-Scott is the originator of the world-famous Cassin models of soldiers.
This book recreates an era in which the British Infantryman was not only the supreme master of his profession but also the ‘best Ambassador that Britain had ever had’.
The army in India, immortalised by Rudyard Kipling, Lord Robert’s famous march from Kabul to Kandahar, the heroic defence of Rorke’s Drift, the Ashanti Wars and the campaigns in Egypt and the Sudan, culminating in the Relief of Khartoum, are all brought to life again in the pages of this volume.
There are probably no more glorious pages in the history of the British Infantry-man than those that were written in his blood during the World War of 1914-18; the Retreat from Mons, the Marne, Ypres, the Somme and Paaschendale were all illustrative of the skill and fortitude of those who became known as the ‘Old Contemptibles’, and although by that time the pageantry and elegance of scarlet and blue uniforms, tartan kilts and ‘trews’ had been superseded by khaki, the British Infantryman was stilll there, bearing always more than his fair share of danger and discomfort.