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Mick Shaw


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I have recently been reading a book called 'Zulu Hart' where the main character joins the Natal Carbineers, the date is 1878. I was interested in knowing details of the uniform colour etc.
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Martin Everett


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Dear Mick,

Why not use the internet..................

http://www.angloboerwar.com/units/Natalcarbineers.htm

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Mick Shaw


Joined: 07 Apr 2009
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Location: Milton Keynes, UK
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Martin Everett wrote:
Dear Mick,

Why not use the internet..................

http://www.angloboerwar.com/units/Natalcarbineers.htm



Yes, I did look at this but there is nothing in colour its all understandably in black and white. I was hoping someone had colour photos or drawings.
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GlennWade


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Hi Mick,

The Natal Carbineers wore a dark blue tunic with pointed white facings. Trousers were blue with a broad white stripe. They wore either the pillbox cap or a white helmet with spike and badge which bore the letters 'NC'.

Actually, I've just found this...

http://samilitaryhistory.org/vo044cpe.gif

Hope it's of use.

Cheers,

Glenn

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Mick

I've found over time, if reading a novel based during an actual historical event, an illustrated book to assist you visualise uniforms, people, etc., is a huge plus.

Therefore, I recommend the following uniform book -

Elite Series No.32 : British Forces In Zuluand 1879.
by Ian Knight, Richard Scollins.

If really interested, there are several other helpful titles from Osprey.

They are not hugely expensive and will help to a great extent.

Especially, if you end up taking a serious interest in the AZW1879.

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Mick Shaw


Joined: 07 Apr 2009
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GlennWade wrote:
Hi Mick,

The Natal Carbineers wore a dark blue tunic with pointed white facings. Trousers were blue with a broad white stripe. They wore either the pillbox cap or a white helmet with spike and badge which bore the letters 'NC'.

Actually, I've just found this...

http://samilitaryhistory.org/vo044cpe.gif

Hope it's of use.

Cheers,

Glenn

Glenn,
Thanks for this just what I wanted. I paint model soldiers old Britainís or similar as a hobby. I have been reading this book (Zulu Hart) and thought it would be interesting to covert one into a Natal Carbineer. This picture is perfect.
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