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The Ninth Lancers in Afghanistan :~


Un cabo de los Lanceros del 9 º, sirviendo en la segunda guerra afgana de 1879 a 1880.

La figura muestra los diferentes uniformes usados ​​para reflejar el calor y el frío. Los Lanceros del 9 º había una guerra muy difícil, porque el terreno era casi imposible de cobrar, como la caballería adecuada. En su mayoría, actuaron como escoltas, y lucharon a pie con sus carabinas.

History :~

The Second Anglo Afghan War was split into two campaigns, Nov 1878 - May 1879, and Sep 1879 - Sep 1880.
 The first campaign began in Nov 1878 with the British invasion of Afghanistan in three columns and the battle of Ali Masjid, and ended with the Treaty of Gandamak on 26 May 1879, and a new Amir installed(Yakub Khan).
 As part of the terms of that treaty the British sent as envoy Sir Louis Cavagnari and a small military escort to Kabul.
 On 3 September 1879 this mission was massacred in an attack instigated by Herati troops, and the conflict was reignited. It ended in September 1880 after a new Amir had been found (Abdurrahman) and another candidate, Ayub Khan, had been defeated.

Commanded on the march by Lt. Colonel H. A. Bushman. The 9th Lancers moved through the Khyber Pass on 13th March 1879 where one squadron was detailed to hold the Pass from Jamrud to Basawai. After the Treaty of Gandamak they returned to India, suffering an attack by hill tribes in the Khyber Pass in June. The other squadron had been at Kohat and later joined General Roberts in the Kuram Valley. The massacre at the Kabul Embassy saw them stationed at Ali Khel, and then marching to Kushi, the journey being interrupted by an engagement with the Mangals at Jagi Thana.
 Their next action was the battle at Charasiab in October before they continued on to Kabul.
The Lancer squadrons were reunited at Kabul on 4th November, and later in the month a detatchment took part in an operation in the Maidan district. December's fighting around Kabul saw the regiment involved at Killa Kazi, the Siah Sang Heights and the defence of the Sherpur cantonment. The Lancers were split again in 1880 for various assignments at Zaidabad and around Charasiab, and at the end of July a squadron accompanied the chief Political Officer to Zimma for a meeting with Amir Abdul Rahman.
The regiment was brought together again for the march to Kandahar and the defeat of Ayub Khan on 1st September 1880. They returned to India in December, and to Umballa.



As can be told from that account, the Lancers didn’t have a particularly succesful time , mostly being in garrison or riding as escorts. Their most harrowing period was probably the march to Kandahar which ended the war, 300 miles of relentless march in appalling heat.  
Tactically , they used their new carbines far more than their lances, because the ground was so broken that there was rarely space to charge, and their Afghan opponents were quite wily enough to avoid giving them the opportunity.



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My figure
 Represents the various uniforms worn during the whole campaign.
We are fortunate that there are several original photos , and some artworks , which show different orders of dress , suitable to the climate at different times of the year. The climate in Afghanistan is frankly abominably hot for half the year , then temperate, then very cold in the winter.
 Cavalry regiments  wore simplified blue serge frocks for everyday , to preserve their full dress clothing .




This winter clothing was at the discretion of the Colonel , and the Lancers commisioned “ kapok “ jackets instead, made of quilted cotton .




They also had a sleeved cloak carried on the saddle, used to sleep in .




The usual off-duty forage cap was the ridiculous but somehow stylish pillbox cap , of absolutely no use for anything but chatting up barmaids.

For hot weather khaki dril jackets were worn, cut like a Norfolk jacket.The Lancer girdle was worn over this, adding a touch of colour.




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Making the figure has been a long term job, inspired in the first place by one of Mike Chappell’s excellent plates, then developing as I obtained other source material.There are still one two unanswered questions of detail, but this is the best guess.

I started with the saddle,the 1856 Wood-Arch model, which is carved from walnut sheets ( “Orbit “ brand ), and with steel , pewter and aluminium fittings  The leather is then nailed and glued to that frame .





Here's the stowed saddle from both sides :~





Thanks to John Morgan for his pics of his original saddles, which are not exactly thick on the ground.
The horse is from Luis Aguilar in Mexico, slightly modified.
The messtin is pewter.
The Carbine is the Martini-Henry, new for this campaign ,which has no sling but is carried in a leather bucket .
 It had a reduced charge compared with the rifle, which made it a bit feeble in terms of range.
 The Lance is typical ash-shafted type  , made from a fallen rocket stick, sent by heaven  !  
The sword is the 1853 model, not yet superseded as one might expect by the 1864 type,  and still carried on a waistbelt with slings. Apparently this campaign brought the sensible change to carrying the sword permanently on the saddle, used thereafter, because of the inconvenience of wearing a sword when dismounted and skirmishing with carbines.

Carried on the man is his ration haversack and an Indian-made felt-covered waterbottle.
Over the other shoulder is his pouchbelt, holding 30 rounds of the special carbine ammo, and more is in the expense pouch worn on the girdle .

The figure underneath is a Soldier Story one. They sit well in saddles .

All the clothing is tailored from dyed brushed cotton or khaki drill.

Thanks to Bob Bennet , John Morgan and Andy Sheppard for their help and support.

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Here's a few more pics :

When at stables , or sentry duty , they seem to have worn the blue frock and pillbox hat :~



When cool , they wore the kapok quilted coat on top :~



And when really cold , the cloak as well. It's cut to cover the whole saddle and valise, to keep everything dry when it rains :~




Here's one off-saddling. He's taken off the cloak ( his bed ) and you can now see the wallets underneath :~




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Magnífica figura, realmente magnífica, la HS, la variedad de uniformes, el caballo, las poses...





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Sin palabras, como siempre.




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Otra maravilla Tony!  





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Fantástica figura, Tony...  
Realmente vistosa y fuera de las temáticas habituales...     




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Maravilloso!




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Absolutamente impresionante.


     





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They should be in a museum      

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Que maravillas!!    Vaya preciosidad de jinetes.





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