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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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PostSubject: Re: On foot or on horseback ?   On foot or on horseback ? EmptyWed Feb 06, 2013 8:53 pm

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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