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Lord Chelmsford Said .Buller is ‘one of the finest soldiers of the century’, so modest and reticent –that it was difficult to say for what individual deed he had got the Victoria Cross as he had been doing acts worthy of it all along the line
 
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PostSubject: On foot or on horseback ?   On foot or on horseback ? EmptyWed Feb 06, 2013 7:36 pm

Hi everyone

What were the criteria for deciding that a British Imperial Infantryman would be designated to serve in the mounted infantry of his battalion ?

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1) Could he ride a horse.
2) Could he load and shoot a rifle, while riding a horse.

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PostSubject: Re: On foot or on horseback ?   On foot or on horseback ? EmptyThu Feb 07, 2013 5:13 am

Hi John

Knew that some riding before being soldiers, ok

But you think that among the Europeans who had never been soldiers, there were many who could load and shoot a rifle while riding a horse !

There was necessarily a more severe selection ...

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PostSubject: Re: On foot or on horseback ?   On foot or on horseback ? EmptyThu Feb 07, 2013 9:52 am

Did he own a horse?

Was he maried to a stable girl?

Pascal Im pretty sure it was a volunteer issue from the general ranks or even civilian life, from there they would have been trained in the discipline needed. Again I would assume for any one to volunteer they would have had some form of ability or skill.

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PostSubject: Re: On foot or on horseback ?   On foot or on horseback ? EmptyThu Feb 07, 2013 11:02 am

Hello springbok9

Yes, when a guy committed in the infantry he was asked if he knew riding Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy .

And if the guys of the mounted infantry, were the most resourceful of their battalion or the best shooters of their battalion ?

Example, the eight bodyguards of Wood at Hlobane were of the mounted infantry and all were great shooters ...

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PostSubject: Re: On foot or on horseback ?   On foot or on horseback ? EmptyThu Feb 07, 2013 11:11 am

Sprinbok9 ,in my opinion if he was maried to a british stable girl, like a mare, he was engaged in the Foreign Legion for safety Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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Question Why Salute Springbok9
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