American Civil War Armies (3): Specialist Troops by Philip Katcher

By Philip Katcher

On the time of the yank Civil battle, with million males below hands, a US military that during pre-war days had depended upon a minute variety of technical troops now required nearly a military of experts by myself. particular sharpshooters have been recruited for skirmishing responsibility; males whose wounds could have ended in their discharge some time past now came across themselves guarding very important posts within the Veteran Reserve Corps; and big numbers of civilians stumbled on themselves in uniform as contributors of the Telegraph or health facility Corps. Philip Katcher examines the association and uniforms of the expert troops who served within the armies of either sides.

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Acting on the axiom of reinforcing success rather than failure, the second-in-command ordered the reserve company of Patialas forward to Right Peak, and accompanied them himself. He decided to use the Patiala company to attack Left Peak and called for an artillery concentration on that target. Although it had previously been registered, this was no easy task; shells ranged fractionally too far would spend themselves harmlessly in the valley beyond, while any short would pitch into ' D ' Company just below the Japanese.

Also, British officers wore a khaki drill shirt, collar and tie. The red flash of the 30th can be clearly seen under the shoulder titles of this figure, and of G1 and G3. The illustration is based on a photograph of the Afridi campaign, 1931, in the possession of Colonel E. C. Spencer. G3 Indian Officer, 1933 This Indian officer wears a cardigan over his greybacked shirt, as was normal cold-weather dress for all but ceremonial parades during the 1930s. Most cardigans were of the pullover type, but those worn by Sikhs buttoned down the front so that they could be put on without having to be pulled over the safa.

Water had to be carried up by however much the 1st/16th might deplore it. So the Battalion strengthened its defences and hand from a spring 300 feet below. By day the men awaited the inevitable. On the third day it hap- removed their boots for a couple of hours to pened. During the late afternoon Japanese 105 prevent their feet becoming soft; there could be and 155 mm. guns started to bombard the peaks. no question of taking them off at night. As time Against the heavy 155 mm. shells the head cover passed the men became lousy, and after more than on the weapon pits offered little protection.

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