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by Dave Carter
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: How many blankets under the saddle?
Replies: 1
Views: 1111

How many blankets under the saddle?

Would the British cavalry of the WW1 period normally have used one or two blankets under the saddle?
by Dave Carter
Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:59 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Trooping the Colour
Replies: 6
Views: 4070

Re: Trooping the Colour

Yep, them English lessons wasn't wasted!
by Dave Carter
Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:16 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Trooping the Colour
Replies: 6
Views: 4070

Re: Trooping the Colour

Just to be pedantic, the King's Troop are equipped with the 13-pdr rather than the 18-pdr, which was too heavy to be used by the RHA in their intended role of fire support for the cavalry.
by Dave Carter
Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: British soldiers gathering oats, April 1917
Replies: 2
Views: 1682

Re: British soldiers gathering oats, April 1917

I wonder if this in fact soldiers helping the war effort by working on the land in order to get in the harvest rather than directly gathering feed for horses. Any idea where the photo was taken?
by Dave Carter
Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:17 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: British cavalry weapons in WWI
Replies: 6
Views: 3573

Re: British cavalry weapons in WWI

Thanks for the information. Much appreciated.
by Dave Carter
Fri Aug 21, 2015 10:09 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: A look at one of the early replacements for the horse
Replies: 114
Views: 42505

Re: A look at one of the early repalcements for the horse

As an aside, whilst retreating from the Netherlands in 1945, the German army stole a great many of the ubiquitous Dutch bicycles to hasten their withdrawal It's not unheard of even today for a German visiting the Netherlands to hear a shout of "Oi, where's my bike?".
by Dave Carter
Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:59 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Indian Cavalry at the Somme.
Replies: 2
Views: 2531

Re: Indian Cavalry at the Somme.

The circular devices on the lance tips are interesting, presumably to prevent the tip penetrating too far. Were these in widespread use and any idea what they were made of or how they were fitted?
by Dave Carter
Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:49 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: British cavalry weapons in WWI
Replies: 6
Views: 3573

Re: British cavalry weapons in WWI

A couple of queries Dan: You give the size of the lance tip as 12.5", but the one in the top photo appears shorter. Is this just the distance from the ruler, or does it indicate a variation in sizes or types? Also, out of interest, what are types A & B on the pennon picture? Finally, for th...
by Dave Carter
Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:42 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: British cavalry weapons in WWI
Replies: 6
Views: 3573

Re: British cavalry weapons in WWI

Thanks Dan. That actually prompted me to start a new topic of where I can find a source of new bamboo shafts for some old lances I have.
by Dave Carter
Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:40 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Replacement bamboo lance shafts
Replies: 0
Views: 3341

Replacement bamboo lance shafts

I have some old bamboo lances, which I believe are either British or Indian army. One or two of them could certainly do with new shafts. Can anyone suggest where in the U.K. I could source suitable bamboo of the right dimensions?
by Dave Carter
Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:34 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: WWI British Cavalry Stirrups
Replies: 7
Views: 3216

Re: WWI British Cavalry Stirrups

Thanks Dan. Much appreciated. I have actually managed to pick up a 1915 dated stirrup off Ebay. Unfortunately only a single one, but at least it gives me a pattern so I can find a similar modern pair that will look the part on the dear old UP saddle.

Best regards,

Dave.
by Dave Carter
Thu Aug 20, 2015 3:17 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: How were these guys actually equipped?
Replies: 5
Views: 3666

Re: How were these guys actually equipped?

Although I can't quote sources for this, I am told that the latest research suggests that the Greys were actually mounted mainly on bays and other generally brown horses at Waterloo. With a coalition army hurriedly thrown together, I guess it's not beyond possibility that they would have been equipp...
by Dave Carter
Thu Aug 20, 2015 3:10 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: British cavalry weapons in WWI
Replies: 6
Views: 3573

British cavalry weapons in WWI

In his book "Mud, Blood and Poppycock", Gordon Corrigan states that swords were withdrawn from the British cavalry on the Western Front in 1915 and all regiments issued with lances, Canadian regiments retaining their swords. I know I have read about the withdrawal of swords elsewhere, with...
by Dave Carter
Sun Aug 16, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: WWI British Cavalry Stirrups
Replies: 7
Views: 3216

Re: WWI British Cavalry Stirrups

Thanks Pat. After searching on exactly the same thing as I searched on last time, I found it. Funny how that happens!

Many thanks for your help. Much appreciated.

Dave.
by Dave Carter
Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: WWI British Cavalry Stirrups
Replies: 7
Views: 3216

Re: WWI British Cavalry Stirrups

I have tried a search but haven't come up with anything (possibly me just being dull and searching on the wrong words), but I have duplicated the request on the UP forum as you suggest.

Many thanks for the advice.
by Dave Carter
Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:27 pm
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: British WWI Stirrup Irons
Replies: 1
Views: 2231

British WWI Stirrup Irons

Can anyone provide details or direct me to a reference for the types of stirrup irons used by the British cavalry in WWI?

Dave Carter.
by Dave Carter
Fri Aug 14, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: WWI British Cavalry Stirrups
Replies: 7
Views: 3216

WWI British Cavalry Stirrups

Can anyone provide details or direct me to a reference for the types of stirrup irons used by the British cavalry in WWI?

Dave Carter.
by Dave Carter
Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:19 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Reproduction S.M.L.E. Rifle Boot
Replies: 2
Views: 3144

Re: Reproduction S.M.L.E. Rifle Boot

Thanks Larry. Much appreciated.

Dave.
by Dave Carter
Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Reproduction S.M.L.E. Rifle Boot
Replies: 2
Views: 3144

Reproduction S.M.L.E. Rifle Boot

Can anyone suggest a supplier for a good reproduction S.M.L.E. rifle boot as used by the British on the Western Front during WWI? Lawrence Ordnance do offer one, but it seems to differ in detail from those I have seen in photo's and I'd rather seek the advice of those in the know than waste money on...
by Dave Carter
Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:16 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: ww2 Brit Pack units
Replies: 32
Views: 7184

Re: ww2 Brit Pack units

They're mounted pattern greatcoats, which were shorter than the infantry version.