Thanks for the link. Lots of answers there.
So it seems the movie soldiers in “Zulu” were what Bill Mauldin (US WWII soldier cartoonist) would call “Garritroopers” – all dressed up and no place to go. Patton would have been proud of them.
What was the advantage of buff over harness leather? What is the proper method to remove pipe clay?
I noticed in the Victorian Wars post that under “Item Disposed of on Embarkation” are listed the shaving kit, knife and fork, and stockings. Unusual items to leave behind. Since they retained the spoon, was the field ration porridge?