Roman Military Clothing (1): 100 BC - AD 200 by Graham Sumner

By Graham Sumner

The armour and guns of Rome's legionaries and auxiliaries were the topic of excessive examine and hypothesis, and masses has been released - yet nearly not anything at the genuine garments of Imperial infantrymen. during this first a part of a rigorous research of the literary, sculptural, pictorial and archaeological proof, a expert author/artist examines the clues which allow us to aim reconstructions of tunics, cloaks, sneakers and different goods worn by way of officials and males all around the empire, from the past due Republic to c.200 advert. His textual content is illustrated with meticulous drawings of surviving reduction sculptures - relatively infantrymen' gravestones - and 8 impressive color plates.

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E1: Trooper, Cazadores del Rímac, 1880 Formed on March 26, 1880, this regiment had two squadrons, one of mounted fusiliers and the other of lancers. The regiment was completely turned out as per the Chilean Carabineros de Yungay, with that unit’s clothing and equipment from the captured transport ship Rímac. The only prescribed difference from the original Chilean uniform was a brass bugle-horn badge that should have been worn on the képi and collar to replace the Carabineers’ crossed carbine-and-saber, shown here.

A dark brown sling supports the classic Chilean caramañola water bottle, not visible here (see Plate C2). The weapon (just visible hanging beside his leg) is a Spencer carbine, the most common alternative to the Winchester; officers frequently had Lefaucheux revolvers. Again, the saber is a French M1839 Chatellerault. B3: Trooper, Carabineros de Yungay, 1881 This unit was formed on May 8, 1879, soon after the beginning of the war. Like the other two cavalry regiments, for the 1880 Lima campaign it received new light blue-gray campaign uniforms.

Some units on the right wing fought bravely, but this makeshift force had no chance of victory against Chilean veterans. The small core of the forces organized by Cáceres was provided by veterans of previous campaigns, but the real key to the Peruvian successes in the Sierra were the bands of guerrillas recruited from the Quechua Indian villages, who naturally had the advantage of intimate knowledge of the terrain. Being mountaineers born and bred, they could walk for enormous distances and climb to great altitudes; unlike the Chileans sent into the Andes, they were unaffected by the cold or by the puña (altitude sickness).

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